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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Accusative vs. nominative case ambiguity?

First, let me say that I'm new to German. I see that the article of a feminine noun isn't inflected when the case is changed from nominative to accusative, i.e. in both cases the definite article is ...
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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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einem vs. einen

I'm a German native speaker and was asked to explain the difference between "einem" and "einen". I found it very hard to generalize the usage and formulate a rule of how to use those two. Examples: ...
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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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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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Doppelter Akkusativ in 'Ich schere mich einen Dreck darum'

Betrachten wir folgenden Satz: "Ich schere mich einen Dreck darum!" Offenbar sind sowohl "mich" als auch "einen Dreck" Nominalphrasen im Akkusativ. Das erscheint mir sehr ungewöhnlich. ...
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Wie geht “statt + Personalpronomen” richtig?

Es geht um einen Arbeitsplan, in dem mein Kollege Daniel eingetragen ist. An der Stelle sollte aber eigentlich mein Name stehen. Möglichst kurz wollte ich das ausdrücken mit aufgrund eines ...
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Relative pronouns: der/die/das vs dass

I think understand the use of der/die/das and dass however I don't when to use which. For example, what is the correct translation of 'the apple I'm eating is tasty:' Das Apfel, dass ich esse, ist ...
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Schwarzer Kaffee vs schwarzen Kaffee

I need to know why do we say "schwarzen Kaffee, bitte" and not "schwarzer Kaffee, bitte". To me, it should be "schwarzer Kaffee", however, I am being told it is the other way around.
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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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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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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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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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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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Temporal complement and its correct case

I'm confused about the correct case to use in a temporal complement: do you need the accusative? I'm asking about the expression of a well determined time (that does not continue). Examples may be: ...
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Is it “einige vor den Kopf stoßen” or “einigen vor den Kopf stoßen”?

The whole sentence is: Mit dem Glauben an einen hinsichtlich der Präzision und Allmächtigkeit abgeschwächten Laplace'schen Dämon scheint man immer wieder einige(n?) Leuten vor den Kopf zu stoßen ...
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die Rechtstruktur in den/dem Katalog einbauen?

I know that I should say: Ich wohne in der Stadt. and Ich fahre in die Stadt. Because direction is involved in the second verb. However, should I say: Muss die Rechtstruktur im ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unknown gender, known case, best guess for article would be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I learn noun genders better? I have a habit of saying "dem" when I know something is dative but am not entirely sure of the gender. Would that be a good guess? ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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Struggling with case concept (the entire concept) [closed]

I've been learning German since 7th grade. It's been 4 years since I've graduated 12th grade. Though I can guess which words and what forms of the words to use, I can't figure out the case charts. ...
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“without me” in German

I got confused while making a German sentence meaning: How you can enjoy your time without me? How can I translate the without me part? Does it depend on the case, like "wie"? For example: ...
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Why is it “den zwei Autos” and not “die zwei Autos”?

I've come across the sentence Ich stehe zwischen den zwei Autos Google also gives me much more results when searching den zwei Autos than when searching for die zwei Autos. I've also found ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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.