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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 ...


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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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