I.e. "Warnung vor dem Hunde"

Why is it not just "dem Hund" ?

Basicly it's a normal whom question, isn't it?


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This -e is now archaic and almost not used except some set phrases (zu Hause, in diesem Sinne, im Jahre so-und-so) but this form was normal earlier.

You can read a little about it on English Wikipedia and much more on German - Dativ-e.

  • Good link, thx.
    – user31220
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 11:38
  • Addition: The -e dative ending is still somewhat present in lyrics - "Am Brunnen vor dem Tore ..."
    – tofro
    Commented Dec 18, 2017 at 11:50

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