I was wondering what would be the right way to say:

Eric erzählt seinen Brüdern Witze.

I thought we should use seinem here since Brüdern is a indirect object but “German notes” I have borrowed from a friend shows otherwise seinen.

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    seinem Bruder but seinen Brüdern. It's plural.
    – clemens
    Jan 3 '18 at 8:40
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    First of all: In German grammar there is nothing like direct or indirect objects. We have objects in four different cases (nominative, genitive, dative and accusative) plus prepositional object, but neither direct nor indirect objects. But, we have also something, that also English has: grammatical number: singular and plural! Jan 3 '18 at 10:19
  • To be more precise: both dative and accusative objects are direct objects in German while indirect objects (here called prepositional objects) are an entirely different thing altogether. And the rare genitive objects are also direct objects.
    – Jan
    Jan 3 '18 at 15:13
  • Lots of answers in comments and then this perfectly understandable question is closed. Sometimes I don't understand why people here are so keen on closing questions.
    – Olafant
    Feb 3 '20 at 6:41
  • @Olafant It was closed as off-topic, not as unclear Feb 3 '20 at 20:09

Seinen is correct, because there are multiple brothers. If there were only one, seinem would be correct

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