I saw this sentence in Duolingo. Is this supposed to be dative? If so, why?

2 Answers 2


From Wiktionary:

[3] »jemandem glauben« (Dativ): sich auf jemanden vertrauensvoll verlassen

The verb glauben can take both an accusative and dative object. The something you believe is accusative, the person who you believe is dative.

Ich glaube dir[dative] das[accusative] nicht.

The dative form of mein is meinem. Again, Wiktionary is quite a good help.

Thus, it's correct to say:

Er glaubt meinem Kind.


This is a possessive pronoun, dative, "male" grammar-gender.
See: http://www.mein-deutschbuch.de/lernen.php?menu_id=77

  • OP already used "possessive pronoun" as tag, "suggested" dative himself. The only information you added is wrong, because "Kind" is neuter, not masculine. And you didn't say why; which is the actual question.
    – Em1
    Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 19:54

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.