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The case of a noun or pronoun is an inflectional form that indicates its grammatical function in a phrase, clause, or sentence

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Warum “das” in “ein Haus an das Ufer bauen”?

Aus der Süddeutschen Zeitung: Bevor wir zu der Hauptperson dieser Geschichte kommen, erst einmal kurz zu dem österreichischen Architekten Richard Neutra: Das Haus, das der sich 1932 in Los Angeles ...
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Vor + Dative usage for action towards something

From this link and this link, I learnt that two-way prepositions are followed by Akkusativ when the situation involves action towards something. Then I came across this sentence on a college ...
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Welchen Kasus verlangt “ich möchte”?

Ich habe bemerkt, dass auf möchten sowohl Akkusativ als auch Dativ folgen können, z. B. liefert eine Google-Suche: Google-Suche nach "ich möchte einem": 36.500 Ergebnisse Google-Suche nach "ich ...
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Huhn legt Ei auf dem/den Boden

(a) Das Huhn legt ein Ei auf dem Boden. (b) Das Huhn legt ein Ei auf den Boden. Are both versions correct? If so, is there any difference?
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Grammatical case in “Brief an Ministerpräsident”

From the Frankfurter Allgemeine: Elitesoldaten verweigern Einsätze gegen Palästinenser "Wir wollen kein Werkzeug sein" / Brief an Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu Why is it that they ...
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Prepositions and 'which' - how does it work?

In English, you can get phrases, such as 'the house in which he lost his bag', but how would you do this in German? I have made some attempts at a few, but I am unsure if this is how to do it, and if ...
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When you say 'Ich möchte etw.', do you use the accusative or the nominative?

Is it 'Ich möchte ein Kaffee' or 'Ich möchte einen Kaffee'? I've only ever heard people say "Ich möchte ein Kaffee, bitte", but then again, Kaffee is the object, not the subject, so...
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Warum 'in die Türkei' aber 'nach Italien'? [duplicate]

Warum heißt es Ich fahre in die Türkei in den Urlaub. aber bei anderen Ländern Ich fahre nach Italien in den Urlaub.
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Welchen Fall benutze ich in einem ob-Satz?

Ist "Artikel" hier Dativ oder Akkusativ? "Könntest Du bitte nachschauen, ob die Artikeln brauchbar sein könnten?"
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Case confusion nominative-accusative

In this sentence (from Beethoven's Choral Fantasy), I do not understand why "Menschen" appears to be in the accusative case: Wenn sich Lieb und Kraft vermählen, lohnt den Menschen Göttergunst. ...
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Use of dative after “wegen” [duplicate]

This sentence is from the Frankfurter Allgemeine. Nicht nur wegen Athleten wie Reus oder den Kugelstoß-Assen Christian Schwanitz und David Storl blickt der Deutsche Leichtathletik-Verband ... ...
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the ...
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Why is “my father's book” constructed differently in German

My children grow up bi-lingually and sometimes that really helps identify false friends and differences between English and German. My boy wanted to say the following English sentence in German. ...
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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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Article when referring to noun in genitive case

A sentence from a Spiegel Online article: Der 60-Jährige steht ... an der Spitze eines neuen Gremiums, dem Rat für nationalen Frieden und die Aufrechterhaltung der Ordnung. Why is it dem Rat and ...
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Pflanzen in dem/den Garten

Sie pflanzt die Küchenkräuter in _____ Garten. Should "den" or "dem" go into the blank? It is not clear to me whether "planting" counts as moving into the garden (i.e. would use "den") or as ...
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Den Substantiv (AKK) -(e)n

Wieso ist -en in folgendem Fall nötig? (Warum ist den Student nicht richtig?) Zwei Freunde besuchen den Studenten. Gibt es Regeln für die Fälle, wo "den Substantiv (AKK) -(e)n" nötig ist?
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Accusative or nominative case after “wie”/“als”

What should be the case after "wie"/"als", as in the following examples? Er sieht aus wie ein/einen Amerikaner. Sie ist besser als ihr/ihren Freund.
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Zeitkonflikt bei Kausalsatz

Laura hat die ganze Nacht getanzt, sodass/weswegen ihr die Füße am Morgen wehtun. Warum steht wehtun im Präsens und nicht in Präteritum?
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Passt dem Verb „entscheiden“ nur die Präposition „gegen“?

Ich würde gerne wissen, ob man immer gegen für das Verb entscheiden benutzt. Beispiel Manchmal muss man sich gegen den eigenen Wunsch entscheiden.
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Collecting data on prepositions, looking for counter-examples

I’m collecting data on phrases with two-way prepositions. These are the prepositions that can go with either Dativ or Akkusativ case depending on the usage (an, auf, hinter, in, neben, über, unter, ...
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The definition of Zusammenfassung: Understanding the cases and its repeated articles

I got this definition of Zusammenfassung from de.wiktionary.org and it is as follows. Zusammenfassung: kurzer Text, der den Inhalt eines längeren Textes knapp wiedergibt. There is a lot of grammar ...
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vorbeikommen - wo? oder wohin?

Are all of these correct? Kommen Sie (wohin?) zu uns ins Büro vorbei. Kommen Sie (wo?) bei uns im Büro vorbei. Kommen Sie (mixed: wo?) bei uns (wohin?) ins Büro vorbei. Google seems to ...
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Nominative or accusative case for “ein Monat später”

If I want to say "a month later I came back home", should I say (a) Ein Monat später bin ich nach Hause zurückgekommen or (b) Einen Monat später ... or other possibilities?
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Nominative or accusative case for “ein Morgen”

To say "one morning in May I flew to London", should I say (a) Ein Morgen im Mai bin ich nach London geflogen. or (b) Einen Morgen ... or other possibilities?
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“Einer deiner Lehrer” – is this sentence correct?

Okay so I am reading through Harry Potter in German and I have come across this sentence: Harry, Professor Quirrell ist einer deiner Lehrer in Hogwarts. I do not understand why it is "einer ...
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Possessive pronoun in subject vs. predicate

In our first lesson we learned sentences like Das ist mein Koffer. Now we're learning about the accusative, and the teacher told us that for both all cases the suffix of the possessive pronoun ...
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Why is it “es tut mir leid” and not “es tut mich leid”?

I have been learning German for about a month now, and I am trying to understand the grammatical cases. I read that we should say "es tut mir leid" to say "I am sorry" which I take to mean "it makes ...
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Ist “was für” etwas Nominativ oder Akkusativ?

I was wondering whether the sentence using "was für" would be Nominativ or Akkusativ for example: Was für ein warmer Winter! Was für einen warmen Winter!
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Case of “Geraden” in “auf einer Geraden”

I ran into the sentence Die Punkte A, B und C liegen auf einer Geraden. From the dictionary I understand that "Gerade" takes on the form "Geraden" for both plural and genitive. But here it looks ...
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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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“Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit” or “Ich habe fertig die Arbeit”?

Ich bin fertig mit der Arbeit. or Ich habe fertig die Arbeit. if there is more explication for "fertig"
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in Genitive Singular for Masculine and Neutral nouns, it's added “-s” or “-es”? [duplicate]

In Singular Genitiv for the neutral noun "Das Buch" they wrote in Duden "des Buches, Buchs", is there a rule to choose if we must add "-s" or "-es" to the noun, or something else?!!
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How we use correctly “etwas für … halten” in sentence?

If for example we would say: I consider you as a brother. I consider you as my older brother. etc. How can we translate those sentences into German, because I don't know how "etw. für ... ...
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“Vor rund eineinhalb Jahr, seitdem habe ich dich kennengelernt, warst du eine andere Person” is correct?

Grammatically, the sentence above is correct? I have hesitations for e.g. "vor rund eineinhalb Jahr" or "vor rund eineinhalbem Jahr", and whether "seitdem" is in the right position?
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Position of “nicht” in a sentence containing a “vollverb” and “modalverb”

Is it Ich kann nicht es dir sagen. oder Ich kann es dir nicht sagen. Sometimes I see "nicht" after "modalverb" directly and sometimes before "vollverb". Is there any difference and are ...
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The grammatical function of “-en” in “aus dem Französischen, Englischen” etc.

In the German phrase "aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche übersetzen", the language name, which is neutral in German, ends with "-en" after "aus dem", while after "ins" it ends in an "-e". Can anyone ...
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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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Welches ist die Ordnung in einen Satz (Akk, Dat, TEKAMOLO)?

I weiss Te(temporal)Ka(kausal)Mo(modal)Lo(lokal), aber mit einem Satz mit Akkusativ und Dativ. A) Ich habe einen Deutschkurs letztes Jahr in der Sprachschule gemacht/gesucht. B) Ich habe letztes Jahr ...
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Adjective conjugation for nominative, masculine, singular? [closed]

Found this table: http://esl.fis.edu/learners/fis/german/kasus/caseTables.htm It appears to conflict with what I've learned. In the very top line, for instance, shouldn't it be as follows: der ...
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Why “den Kindern” instead of “die Kinder”?

Den Kindern hat der Besuch ins Planetarium Spaß gemacht. (The children enjoyed going to the planetarium.) Why is it "den Kindern hat der Besuch", instead of "die Kinder haben den Besuch"?
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Is there a rapid online access to “feste Nomen-Präposition bzw. -Verb Verbindungen”?

Is it me, or is it difficult to find online, in dictionaries and so on, all the information about a "feste Nomen-Präposition Verbindungen"? Suppose you are writing in German and, for sake of ...
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Case for “The upcoming summer” [duplicate]

What should be the case for "the upcoming summer" as in the following sentences? Der kommende Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen. or Den kommenden Sommer werde ich ...
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Does case carry into an appositive?

I'll ask this question in English, because I'm not sure I could articulate it well enough in German. So this question too is about my essay. The relevant part of the original sentence was «...die ...
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When to use “ins”?

I'm a little confused with the preposition contraction ins. As far as I know, it means in das, but I don't understand why it is used in this sentence: Sie fahren ins Theater. It feels like the ...
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Numbering cases

Sometimes I see a case referred to by number instead of by name. Now that's fine if there's an official, definite order. But, while I see in tables mostly the order Nominativ Accusativ ...
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aus, bei, mit, nach, seit, (usw)

"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 ...
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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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How to determine the case of a dual prepositions apart from movement

I know that when a preposition can take both accusative and dative cases and there is movement, we will ask wo/wohin to determine the case. I also know that you will use accusative when you can ask ...
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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 ...