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I have two sentences in German. Both mean "I will keep the gum for myself". They are:

  1. Ich werde das Kaugummi selbst behalten.
  2. Ich werde den kaugummi für mich behalten.

I don't understand why Kaugummi isn't in the accusative in the first sentence as well, since it's the direct object in both.

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  • Keep in mind that "Kaugummi" kann be both neuter and masculine in German. – tofro Oct 3 '20 at 8:07
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    It is accusative case in both sentences. But the noun Gummi (and therefore als the compound noun Kaugummi) has two genders. It can be neuter (Das Gummi ist schwarz. Ich sehe das Gummi.) but also masculine (Der Gummi ist schwarz. Ich sehe den Gummi.) – Hubert Schölnast Oct 3 '20 at 9:21

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