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Good day, I am quite new to German. What would be the correct way to say:

They settle down in the seat.

Is it

Sie lassen auf den Sessel nieder.

or

Sie lassen auf dem Sessel nieder.

Moreover, is there a comprehensive reference where I can find what prepositions and object cases that are used with a certain verb?

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The correct translation would be neither of yours, but

Sie lassen sich auf dem Sessel nieder.

Using sich is mandatory, the form of the verb niederlassen implies that.

Sie lassen sich auf den Sessel nieder.

Would be fine as well, but carries a bit different emphasis regarding den Sessel as direction of the movement.


Moreover, is there a comprehensive reference where I can find what prepositions and object cases that are used with a certain verb?

Sure, there are many references like e.g. DWDS you can use for research.

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  • Yes, I totally forgot about 'sich'. What do you mean that 'the form implies'? What is 'the form'?
    – Y N
    Dec 17, 2019 at 10:49
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    @Atin The form is sich niederlassen. Dec 17, 2019 at 10:53

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