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Where-indications in German are made with prepositions + dative (indirect object). Die Zeitung liegt auf dem Tisch in der Küche. Die Katze liegt unter dem Sofa. Der alte Mann saß auf einer Bank vor dem Haus. Vor dem Haus ist ein Garten. Hinter dem Haus ist ein Wald. Die Lampe hängt über dem Tisch. Where-to-indications are made with prepositions + ...


First, I strongly advise you not to equate "accusative" with "direct object" nor "dative" with "indirect object". These terms are not equivalent and mixing them up may lead you to some problems (note in the end). In your examples, "dative" makes the location be the place where someone is and "accusative" makes the location be the destination where someone ...

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