relating to the grammatical case that marks typically the indirect object of a verb, the object of some prepositions, or a possessor

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On the dativ with and without “zu”

I was surprised when I came across the sentence: Was hat er zu Ihnen gesagt? ...because I would have thought that it would have been Was hat er Ihnen gesagt?. Are they both correct? If so, is ...
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Wie wird die Redewendung “wie es im Buche steht” grammatisch gebildet?

Ich habe ziemlich oft folgende Redewendung gehört: Es ist ..., wie es im Buche steht. Ich glaube ich verstehe diesen Ausdruck - es geht darum, dass etwas ganz typisch ist. Ich frage mich, was ...
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Why do you say “in diesem Sinne” if “Sinne” is a feminine noun?

The LEO page for "Sinne" shows that the noun Sinne is a feminine noun, yet is used in the phrase "in diesem Sinne". Shouldn't that be "in dieser Sinne"?
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What is the rule for adding -n in the dativ plural case?

I have the feeling that this is correct: mit guten Ergebnissen and this is not correct: mit guten Ergebnisse But I don't really know a rule here for other nouns, e.g. "mit guten Bäumen"? ...
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Using “mir” where it seems unnecessary?

Why is "mir" used in these sentences? "Ich bin mir sicher." - "I am positive." "Ich kann mir vorstellen ..." - "I can imagine ..." It doesn't appear in the translation. Also "Ich" looks ...
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What is the meaning of the dative in this sentence: “Dem Tod die Toten.”

I came across the sentence "Dem Tod die Toten" in a book I'm reading ("Der Schwarm" by Frank Schätzing) and I can not understand it. It seems like this use of the dative implies a meaning which in ...