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“Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod”: is German really loosing 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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On the declensions of the pronoun “man”. Part II: does the dative depends on the gender of who is speaking?

Part II (Part I of this question verses on the genitive for man) In Wiktionary reads: Das Indefinitpronomen des Nominativ Singular man hat keine weiteren Formen; bei der Verwendung in anderen ...