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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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 Akkusativ ...
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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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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 ...
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Tage wie diese/dieser/diesen

I've stumbled across two German songs with similar titles. First is Tage wie diese with phrases like: Tage wie diese (plural nominative?) Tagen wie diesem and second is Tage wie dieser with: ...
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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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How to differentiate Sie (they) or Sie (you)?

Sie haben meine Brieftasche. This sentence has 2 different meanings - They have my wallet. or You have my wallet. How can I know which is intended?
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Which of these two is the correct translation for “Silly me”?

Me is nominative here. So what it should be? Bin ich dumm! or Dumm ich!
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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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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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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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“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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What case for time expressions? [duplicate]

What is the appropriate case for time expressions that don't involve a preposition? Letzten Monat sah ich ihn. (accusative) Letzter Monat sah ich ihn. (nominative)
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Warum sagt man “letzte Woche” aber “in der letzten Woche”? [duplicate]

Warum gibt es einen Unterschied im Wort "letzte"?
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Welchen Fall benutzt man mit Phrasen wie “last year”?

Zum Beispiel im englischen Satz "Last year I visited Germany.", welchen Fall benutzt man? Letztes Jahr habe ich Deutschland besucht. Letztem Jahr habe ich Deutschland besucht. Ich glaube ...
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Aufzählung: Numerus und Kasus

Es geht um folgenden Satz: Was ich habe, ist Mut, Entschlossenheit und der Drang, nicht auf die Nase zu fallen. Die "ist"-oder-"sind"-Frage. Ich habe mich des folgenden Threads bedient: ...
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Schreibst du einen Brief an deinen Vater?

Please explain what are the cases (accusative, dative) here and why exactly those. Schreibst du einen Brief an deinen Vater? I assume that schreibst is a verb, ein Brief is a subject the same ...
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Declination of adjectives after einigen

I learned that after words like "einige, mehrere, etc." the following adjectives also have the same declination. However, I got corrected when I said "mit einigen meinen Freunde" to "einigen meiner ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there non-trivial examples of sentences where the use of one case, instead of other, changes the meaning?

Are there examples of German sentences where the use of one case instead of other alters the meaning, but still being the sentence grammatically correct? Edit: I'm after sentences in which only the ...
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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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Präposition 'wider' mit Dativ

Gibt es einen nachvollziehbaren Grund, etwa etymologisch, weswegen die Präposition 'wider' vor einem Akkusativ stehen muss? Der Gebrauch mit dem Dativ scheint sehr weit verbreitet zu sein. Des ...
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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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Accusative or dative for verbs of movement

My doubt is with respect to this sentence (in perfect) Er ist zum Büro gegangen. My teacher taught me that we have to use the verb sein as helping verb whenever there is a movement. However, why ...
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Why is 'Guten Tag' accusative?

Is it just an idiom, or is it a general rule? I'm wishing a good day to someone, so I guess there is some kind of metaphorical motion involved. Would it be similar if I wanted to say "vielen Spaß"?
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Erklärung der Beugung des Wortes „Erlenkönig“ im Gedicht Goethes

Das zu verstehende Wort ist „Erlkönig“, das im Nominativ vorliegt (falls ich es richtig verstehe). Woher kommt das Wort Erlenkönig? Was für eine Beugung ist das? Das ist vermutlich altes Deutsch. Aber ...
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Repetitive use of genitive (Genitivkette)

How many times one can use genitive to refer to an object? German sentences like: Das Fenster des Hauses der Mutter meiner Freundin u.s.w. are, in my opinion, strange and stylistically ...
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“Kindern”, dative plural - What other words reflect that flexion in the plural form

I practice German cases sentences to learn by heart, but I have stumbled across a form that I don't think it is so common. Ich sprach mit den kleinen Kindern. In this sentence, the plural form ...
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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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Why Akkusativ in “dieses Jahr”, “diesen Sommer”?

"Dieses Jahr", "diese Woche", "diesen Sommer" are all answers to the question "When?". According to the rules one should use dative to answer (for example "diesER Woche"), however accusative is used. ...
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Welchen Fall verwendet man mit “wert” im Sinne von “worth something”?

Die Beispiele die ich im Wörterbuch gefunden habe, scheinen unterschiedliche Fälle zu verwenden, z.B. Es ist nicht der Rede wert. (Genitiv) oder Es ist das Geld wert. Es ist einen Besuch ...
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How does “wem”, “wen” and “wer” help to recognise the appropriate case?

I'm told a way to recognize the appropriate case is the following: Ich gab Ihm einen Kuss = Dativ; wem gab ich einen Kuss= Ihm I'm having a hard time understanding how this helps. It actually ...
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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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When to use das/die/der and when ein/eine?

I'm just starting with German and got a bit lost when one should use der/die/das and when ein/eine. I suppose it should be something like "a" or "the" in English depending if we're talking about ...
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Welcher Fall wird nach “wie [z.B.]” verwendet?

Verlangt "wie" (im Sinne von "wie zum Beispiel") einen speziellen Fall oder wird der gleiche Fall wie beim vorangegangenen Objekt verwendet? Was ist z.B. korrekt: "Bedingt durch Faktoren wie ...
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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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Explaining case and usage of “Richtung”

Just curious. How would you explain to someone the proper use and appropriate case of Richtung as a directional indicator, in simple terms? whether showing movement or simple location or direction ...
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Deklination bei Nomen die auf -er enden

Wird bei Nomen die auf -er enden, bei einer Verwendung eines Dativs oder Akkusativs in der Mehrzahl immer ein "n" hinten angehängt? Ein Beispiel wäre folgender Satz: Viel Spaß mit deinen neuen ...
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Warum nicht Dativ in “Er bricht den Stab über ihn”?

Laut Duden soll bei dieser Redewendung der Akkusativ genommen werden: er brach den Stab über ihn (nicht ihm); Bei Google finden sich aber beide Varianten. Warum wird nun Akkusativ empfohlen?
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Woher kommt der Dativ in “Wie dem auch sei”?

Ich verstehe nicht, was der Dativ in diesen bekannten Konstrukten zu suchen hat: Wie dem auch sei … Dem ist nicht so. "Wie es auch sein mag" und "Dies ist nicht so" ergäben für mich Sinn. ...
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When would one use “im” and “am” rather than “in dem” and "an dem?

I'm new to German and I get a bit confused about when it's "dem" or "im" or "den" rather than "in der" or "in dem" and so on.
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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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Recommended ways to learn the cases?

My German tutor recently told me that the only real way to learn the cases - Accusative/Dative/Nominative/Genitive - is just to memorize which verbs are which. She suggests memorizing the Dative and ...
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Koppel's gender in “In der Eckerkoppel”

In Hamburg there is a street called Eckerkoppel. According to dict.leo.org, Koppel is a neuter noun. So if a German writes "Sein Haus ist in der Eckerkoppel", is the street name treated as a ...