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Consider: Die Spinne kümmerte die Hütte. Here, "die Spinne" would be in the accusative case, "die Hütte" in the nominative case, and it would mean that the hut troubles (or concerns) the spider. This is not the intended meaning. Since nominative and accusative have identical forms here, it would also be possible that the roles are reversed and the hut ...


Well, in this case it's sich kümmern as kümmern is a reflexive verb AFAIK (and I'm not good at grammar but a German speaker). And to express care about something/somebody (or more exactly to take care of something/someone), you need to use sich um etwas/jemanden kümmern. In spoken German you could say: Wen kümmert's? or Wen kümmert es? (who ...

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