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Yes, sich in both of your examples is impersonal. And yes, both sentences of yours are entirely analogous, because both use infinitive constructions. Infinitives can be connected to a person or not. Depending on whether they are or not, a sich can be replaced by another reflexive pronoun. Compare: Es ist nicht so einfach, sich so etwas vorzustellen. ...


"Sich" is a reflexive. Reflexive verbs use the reflexive pronouns with the meaning “oneself” ("sich selbst"). For example: Ich dusche mich. But if we have also an accusative object then we have to use the reflexive pronoun in the dative. For example: Ich putze mir die Zähne


Correct is: Mit den Ersparnissen habe ich es geschafft, mir ein Auto zuzulegen. die Ersparnisse »Mit« needs an object that is in Dativ case (ask: »mit wem?«). And since you never have only one Ersparnis, you must use Plural. Dativ Plural of »die Ersparnis« is: den Ersparnissen See also Ersparnis in Wiktionary etwas schaffen The verb »etwas ...


The rule "if there is an accusative, the second noun must be dative" only goes for verbs requiring those two cases. There are others, e.g. Er schimpfte sich (accusative) einen Esel (accusative), weil er so blöd gewesen war. so this can't be taken as a general rule. You can't say that a reflexive pronoun is "normally" accusative, either. It can ...


The presence of an object the action relies on, an accusative one, forces the reflexive to be dative, as you pointed out. There exist instances where the reflexive pronoun of a verb might be both A and D. Example: 1. Ich wasche mich 2. Ich wasche mir die Hände That's the main rule. Some others, secondary, might exist, though.

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