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"aus, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu, gegenüber"

I vaguely remember this list of prepositions (I hope it's correct) which we had to learn by heart in my German class 30 years ago. But I don't remember what the list was for. Wasn't it something about the use with a specific Fall?

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Maybe you meant “seit” instead of “zeit”? – Carsten S Sep 6 '13 at 14:32
@carsten - genau. Korrigiert... – stevenvh Sep 6 '13 at 14:36
Here's a link to a blog covering the word Nach. I encountered this conversation in my own pursuit of learning the German language. Scratches head... On Stack Exchange? Seriously? Cool, I'll check that out. Anyway... Here ya go, hope its helpful. – Deaconus Nov 12 '14 at 10:11
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These are prepositions requiring the dative. There is a mnemonic rhyme (dt.: Eselsbrücke) you can learn to keep them in mind:

"Mit, nach, von, seit, aus, zu, bei

verlangen stets Fall Nummer drei."

More such stuff is for instance here.


Er fuhr mit dem Bus. Nach dem Bus kam ein zweiter...

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