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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“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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»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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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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Changing Dativ-prepositions to Genitiv-prepositions: e.g. “zugunsten mir” with Genitiv instead of Dativ

The preposition zugunsten is used both with dative and genitive. If I remember well, that's the same case for wegen. With wegen, in written language, is better meinetwegen as wegen mir, that is ...
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When, if at all, should I add an e to the end of a noun in the dative case?

In the past, when a noun was in the Dativ case, one would add an e at the end of the verb. This would be an example: Das habe ich zu dem Kinde gesagt. This is obviously not the case anymore, and ...
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In flüssigem oder im flüssigen?

Was ist hier der Unterschied? Was ist richtig? Oder beides (unterschiedliche Bedeutung)? Es fließt in flüssigem Zustand. Es fließt im flüssigen Zustand. Oder ähnlich Sie tanzt in grünem Kleid. ...
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Confusion in the usage of a case in a book sentence

I read this sentence in a book I'm using for exercises: Jener Mann war kein Dieb, und man setze ihn daher in Freiheit; sofort gab man seiner Frau die frohe Kunde seiner Unschuld. I don't ...
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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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“Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod”: is German really losing Genitiv? (evolutionary viewpoint)

"Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod" is an interesting German phrase which originates this question. I'm interested in knowing how true is it/will it be. Has German always had four cases? Or were ...
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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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When to use possessive pronouns vs. dative pronoun + definite article

German uses a reflexive dative pronoun and a regular definite article in many places where English would use a possessive pronoun. For example: I broke my leg. Ich habe mir das Bein gebrochen. ...
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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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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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Genitiv vs Satzkonstruktion mit von

Es ist mir noch immer nicht klar, wann man den Genitiv verwenden muss und wann man auch einen Satz mit "von" und Dativ bilden kann. Auf Niederländisch (meiner Muttersprache) gibt es so etwas wie den ...
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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 ...
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Question about the dative case

I am studying using the book "Klipp und Klar" and in the lesson fifteen about the dative case there is a sentence that I didn't understand. The sentence is: Das Mädchen ist krank und den Frauen ...
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On the dativ with and without “zu” (pt. 2)

The answer to an earlier question explained that both sentences below are grammatically correct, although they differ slightly in meaning: Was hat er zu Ihnen gesagt? Was hat er Ihnen gesagt? ...
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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 ...