I came across a practice question online. Can anyone help explain why the correct answer is mich, and not mir?


The underlying verb is bringen. Now there are -among others- two version of this verb

(1) jemandem(Dat.) etwas(Akk.) bringen

(2) jemanden(Akk.) irgendwohin bringen

(1) is the exchange/transport of goods, e.g.

Ich bringe dir ein Glas Wasser

However, in the above phrase, we find auf die Palme which is a specification of irgendwohin . Thus it is form (2) and you need the Akkusativ form of the personal pronoun. It literally means to bring (take) someone on top of a palm tree. Not to be confused with to bring someone a palm tree. In the case that would be

Neugierige Kollegen bringen mir eine Palme.

  • I think “to bring someone on top of a palm tree” doesn’t even make sense in English if taken literally. In the sense of (2), it would be “to take someone to the top of a palm tree”. But also that doesn’t fully fit, I think, because German “bringen” also has uses as in “etwas zum kochen bringen”, and I feel like the usage here is similar.
    – Carsten S
    Sep 5 '21 at 16:38
  • Still, even when it's a figure of speech, it is bringing someone or something to some other place. Sep 5 '21 at 21:02
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    @CarstenS, "Jemanden auf die Palme bringen" is colloquial for driving somebody nuts.
    – vonbrand
    Sep 6 '21 at 2:41
  • @vonbrand, Danke, das ist mir schon klar ;)
    – Carsten S
    Sep 6 '21 at 5:47
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    I think that's why I called it a literal translation. But you're right, take is the appropriate verb. Sep 6 '21 at 8:50

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