I like to know why einen is used in the sentence

Ich nehme einen Kaffee

instead of »ein«. Kaffee is masculine. I cannot reason why the word is accusative not nominative.

Can anyone here explain me? Thanks in advance.

  • What is your native language? What languages other than that do you have solid knowledge of? Mar 4, 2018 at 17:22
  • My native language is Tamil but I have a solid knowledge of English. Mar 4, 2018 at 18:43

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"einen Kaffee" is the accusative case object (ich nehme wen oder was?). The subject in nominative case is "Ich".

  • What is accusative case object? How can I identify accusative object in a sentence? Mar 4, 2018 at 9:17
  • German has different object cases in contrast to English. Which one you use in a specific case depends on the verb. Nominative case is for the subject.
    – Zac67
    Mar 4, 2018 at 9:42

Ein (Nominativ) Eines (Genitiv) Einem (Dativ) Einen (Akkusativ)

Kaffee here is an object therefore Akkusativ applies.

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