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"Wir suchen nach trockener Rinde"

Rinde - is it Akkusativ or Dativ?

If it is Akkusativ, why trockener , and not trockene?

Maybe, this is wrong sentence (from fairy tales).

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It is Dativ.

"nach" is always followed by a Dativ, and one way to use "suchen" uses the word "nach" to mark the object one hopes to find.

It is also possible to use "suchen" without "nach". In that case, the phrase would be "wir suchen trockene Rinde", where "Rinde" would be an Akkusativ.

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