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Akkusativ and Dativ confusion with possession [closed]

In the sentence: Er kommt mit seinem Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinem". However in the sentence: Ich kaufe seinen Auto ...it uses the Dativ "seinen". Could anybody explain this to me, ...
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When to use dative or accusative object with “sitzen”?

I'm starting to learn German and I'm confused with usage of those two. Should I use accusative or dative in the following? In dem Kino sitzen Bürger. – dative or In das Kino sitzen Bürger. – ...
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How to look up whether a verb uses dative or accusative

Generally, my understanding of the use of dative and accusative is a bit opaque. I am getting better at deciphering which prepositions call for which case. I have also seen that motion is another ...
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Which cases are being used in these sentences with “geben” and “suchen”?

Please have a look at the following sentences: Lustlos suchte ich der Oma ihre Brille. and Lustlos gab ich der Oma ihre Brille. Is der Oma dative case and ihre Brille accusative case in ...
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How come there are two accusative objects here “das geht dich einen Dreck an”? (so it seems)

I failed with the object analysis of the following sentence: Das Subjekt geht Verb dich Akk-Objekt(!?) einen Dreck Akk-Objekt(!?) an. I know there are instances, in which one finds, on top ...
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“An den Mann, den…” or “An dem Mann, den…” - Which one correct?

At the beginning of a letter on the Internet addressing someone, do we use accusative or dative? Which one is correct? An dem Mann, den... An den Mann, den...
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Usage of “auf + Akk. + schauen”

Schauen can be combined with a number of prepositions. Ich schaue zu/unter/hinter/aus/in... For most of them, the local implication is pretty clear. *Auf is not though. Ich schaue auf ...
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Nennen Sie mich

Ihr könnt mich einen Dummkopf nennen (das dann auf jeden Fall mit Akkusativ), aber wie heißt es? Nennen Sie mich Herrn Meier. Nennen Sie mich Herr Meier. Nennen Sie mich "Herr Meier". Variante 1 ...
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Case in expressions of measurement

If one wanted to say something like Er ist zwei Meter groß. He's two meters tall. (= 6' 6.7") Er ist einen halben Kopf größer als ich. He's half a head taller than me. Wouldn't the ...
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»Fahren in der Nähe« oder »fahren in die Nähe«?

Etwas sagt mir, dass »Fahren in der Nähe« die richtige Wahl ist. Zusammenhang: Ich habe Lust, nur in der Nähe zu fahren. Trotztdem kann ich das nicht erklären, da fahren ein Bewegungsverb ist. ...
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Warum benutzen wir in diesem Satz den Dativ?

Ich habe eine Frage zu diesem Satz: Sie füttern gerade ihren Hund. Unserem haben wir vorhin schon Fressen gegeben. In dem ersten Teil steht ihren im Akkusativ. Aber warum wird im zweiten Teil ...
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Why does one need accusative after the impersonal construct “es gibt”?

I don't understand the reason why you need accusative instead of nominative after the impersonal construct es gibt (or gibt es in the questions). According to the analysis of the parts of speech, ...
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How are accusative and dative combined in one sentence?

Are these sentences grammatically correct? Ich werde einen Brief an meinen Vater schreiben. Ich möchte einen Mantel meinem Bruder kaufen. Ich möchte einen Mantel für meinen Bruder kaufen. ...
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Where is the accusative? [closed]

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 ...
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Case confusion: “der ausgefüllten Dokumente” or “die ausgefüllten Dokumente”

I would like to reply to an email in formal context. I have doubts regarding the German counterpart of the English phrase: Please find attached the completed documents. Is the German phrase ...
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Why isn't accusative used in the sentence “Wann macht der Supermarkt auf?”

According to the dictionary, aufmachen is used with accusative: etw.Akk. aufmachen Then why is Wann macht der Supermarkt auf? Instead of Wann macht den Supermarkt auf? For example ...
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Immer + Akkusativ?

Why is accusative used with ein Pinguin in the following sentence? Man sollte immer einen Pinguin im Haus haben Immer is an adverb, not a preposition.
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Correct cases in a composite complement involving more than a single preposition

Prepositions like an, auf, zwischen, vor and others can be used in a double sense: if you need to convey the idea of movement you need to use the accusative case along with them, while if the ...
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“Für”, “gegen”, “um” — which to use when? [closed]

All three accusative prepositions für, gegen, and um can mean "for" in certain situations. Can anybody give examples when to use which of the three?
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Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ?

Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with Dativ and when with Akkusativ, or can it be deduced? How to determine if a verb in question induces akkusativ or dativ? If there are direct object ...
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Can the accusative be in the first position in a sentence?

How would you translate the simple sentence: We write a long letter for our grandfather and a short one for our uncle? I tried as: Wir schreiben unserem Grossvater einen langen Brief, einen ...
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Meaning and construction of “Ich bedanke mich”

I started studying German few months ago. I started reading "Der Nussknacker (Niveau Eins)". I found this Ich bedanke mich but I can not really understand what does it mean and its ...
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Dativ von „jemand anderes“ – „jemandem anderen“ oder „jemand anderem“?

Wie wird am geläufigsten der Dativ und der Akkusativ von „jemand anderes“ gebildet? Gibt es ein Prinzip, nach welchem hier die Objektfälle gebildet werden, und wie lässt sich diese Frage ...
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Adjective endings in accusative case and in comparison (neu/new)

This page suggests that neu/neuer is new/newer. This page suggests that "ein neuer Wagen" (a new car) is an identification of gender. Is it true that neuer can stand for both - and thus the only way ...
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Nominative / accusative - what to use with preposition “als” and constructions like “John the engineer”?

Sie halten Johannes der Ingenieur als der wichtigste Fachmann ihrer Firma. I don't know if I used the two "der" articles well. In the sentence "Sie halten den Mann" the accusative is obvious, ...
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Understanding usage of Wechsel Dative Prepositions

As a non native speaker, I am unable to wrap my head around with usage of prepositions. Just today in class, my teacher asked the following question from a text in A2 Sprach Training book. ...
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Which one is correct: “dir” or “dich”? Dative or Accusative? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why isn’t “Ich danke dir” “Ich danke dich?” If when I'm talking with a German, and I want to thank him/her which one is correct? Ich danke dich is correct or Ich danke ...
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Why isn't “Ich danke dir” “Ich danke dich?”

I believe that in the sentence Ich danke 'du/dir/dich' that: ich = subject danke = verb du = direct object. Wouldn't that mean that it would be "Ich danke dich"? I hear people say ...