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I'm taking German as a second language class (to be admitted to German university) and they gave this sentence to find the nominative and accusative. "Martin and Petra like to read." I'm thinking that logically since Martin and Petra both like to read, THEY'RE the nomitive case because they are the subject of the sentence. Then where is the accusative case? What/Who did they bring into the sentence?

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Where's the German sentence? You could translate this into "M u. P. mögen das Lesen" (which is unusual but has an accusative) or "M u. P lesen gerne" (which is common but has no accusative). –  Em1 Sep 6 '13 at 4:46
    
Why should there be an accusative? z.B. "Ich heiße c.p." has no accusative. –  c.p. Sep 6 '13 at 5:45
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To answer the question at face value, the infinitive phrase "to read" would be your accusative. But as stated above, it doesn't fit on this German site unless you're trying to translate it into German or something. All you have is an English sentence. Maybe you could rework your question to include the need for German. :-) –  Kevin Sep 6 '13 at 7:20
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@Em1 Or "Martin und Petra mögen es(,) zu lesen." –  Toscho Sep 6 '13 at 7:37
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@Kevin Actually, this is not very accurate. In the English sentence "to read" is the direct object which happens to be accusative in German. But it's wrong to assume that any direct object equals accusative. –  Em1 Sep 6 '13 at 7:49
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closed as unclear what you're asking by Em1, chirlu, Baz, Emanuel, c.p. Sep 6 '13 at 14:10

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