2

Sorry if I sound stupid just trying to understand as well as I can, but why does "eine Schlange hat den Frosch gefressen" take a "den" instead of "dem"? I thought den was only used for possession of plural objects and seeing as Frosch is a singular item this kind of confused me.

closed as off-topic by Eller, Beta, IQV, Hubert Schölnast, Dreikäsehoch Oct 7 '17 at 8:20

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This site is about the usage and rules of the German language. It is not well-suited to replace dictionaries, grammar books or similar. If you have already consulted such general references and still have questions, please edit your question to explain what you found and why it did not help. See this post on Meta for more information." – Eller, Beta, IQV, Hubert Schölnast, Dreikäsehoch
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • It's accusative (wen oder was?). – Robert Oct 4 '17 at 21:03
1

It's den because it's the object of the sentence and is in the accusative case.

For possession of plural objects (genitive case) you would use der. e.g das Zeitalter der Menschen

1

"Den" is used for plural objects in the dative case. This is in contrast to the masculine singular "dem."

"Den" is also used for masculine singular objects in the accusative case. The nominative is "Der Frosch" but since the frog is being eaten, it is the direct object in the accusative case.

You would use the genitive case (not the dative) for a possessive, but there is nothing "possessive" about this sentence.

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