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relating to the grammatical case that marks typically the direct object of a verb or the object of any of several prepositions

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Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with a dative object and when with accusative one?

Should one necessarily learn, when a verb goes with a dative object and when with an accusative one, or can it be deduced? How to determine if a verb in question induces *accusative or dative? If ...
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Wechselpräpositionen

We are two girls from Norway and we just learned about German "alternation spread prepositions" or "Wechselpräpositionen". What I mean is those prepositions that sometimes controls dative and ...
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How come there are two accusative objects here "das geht dich einen Dreck an"? (so it seems)

I failed with the object analysis of the following sentence: Das Subjekt geht Verb dich Akk-Objekt(!?) einen Dreck Akk-Objekt(!?) an. I know there are instances, in which one finds, on top of ...
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Nominative or Accusative case "Sie ist meine Mutter"

In the phrase: Sie ist meine Mutter. 'meine Mutter' is the nominative case although I don't understand why this is so since I naturally think that it should be the accusative case as it receives the ...
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Accusative vs Dative: "Schau in der/die Schublade!"

What is correct? Q: "Wo sind meine Socken?" A: "Schau in der Schublade" vs "Schau in die Schublade" As a Swiss German speaker not very adept at proper German grammar I feel that both are somehow ...
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Der Unterschied zwischen Dativ und Akkusativ bei Ortsangaben

Warum heißt es: Ich sitze in der Schweiz. aber Ich gehe in die Schweiz. und Ich gehe in die Schule. und Ich gehe in der Schule.
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Why isn't "Ich danke dir" "Ich danke dich?"

I believe that in the sentence Ich danke 'du/dir/dich' that: ich = subject danke = verb du = direct object. Wouldn't that mean that it would be "Ich danke dich"? I hear people say "Ich ...
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Accusative at the beginning of the sentence

In the German language, we could replace accusative to the beginning of the sentence, like so: Der Hund beißt den Mann. Den Mann beißt der Hund. So is this Der Hund beißt die Frau. Die Frau ...
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Für mich VS. mir

Here are two sentences from Studio D, and why is one using für mich and another mir? Können Sie mir die Verbindung bitte ausdrucken? Können Sie einen Platz für mich reservieren? Are für mich and mir ...
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Accusative or dative case, how to detect "action" and "movement"?

I do not understand when to use each case. For example: Das Foto muss auf die Tür geklebt werden. Das Foto ist auf der Tür geklebt. First, I suspected that in the first example, it is all about ...
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Why is the accusative used in “Einen Augenblick!”?

When someone says “Einen Augenblick!”, like the English “Just a moment!”, why is the accusative used and not the nominative case?
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Understanding usage of two-way prepositions (Wechselpräpositionen) + Dative / Accusative

As a non-native speaker, I am unable to wrap my head around the usage of prepositions. Just today in class, my teacher asked the following question from a text in A2 Sprach Training book. Wer macht ...
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Dativ von „jemand anderes“ – „jemandem anderen“ oder „jemand anderem“?

Wie wird am geläufigsten der Dativ und der Akkusativ von „jemand anderes“ gebildet? Gibt es ein Prinzip, nach welchem hier die Objektfälle gebildet werden, und wie lässt sich diese Frage ...
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General rule/s for finding out whether an object is accusative or dative

I wanted to know whether there are some general rules or hunches in the German mind that hints at whether an object has accusative or dative case. For example there are some rules to determine the ...
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The order of dative and accusative in a sentence

Ich kann dir das nicht verraten. I'm given to understand that if the subject in the accusative case is a pronoun, (as in the sentence above?) it precedes the dative case. Otherwise, the dative comes ...
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"ab" preposition with Akkusative?

"Ab" is considered Dative preposition, but in Duden it is said it sometimes can come with Akkusative: "Bei artikellosen Substantiven mit adj. Attribut gelegtl. auch mit Akk.", what does exactly this ...
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Difference between "accusative" and "direct object"

I always thought accusative case is used for the direct objects of a verb, until a few minutes ago when I found in German grammar in a nutshell, that Can you please explain the subtle difference ...
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When to use dative or accusative object with "sitzen"?

I'm starting to learn German and I'm confused with usage of those two. Should I use accusative or dative in the following? In dem Kino sitzen Bürger. – dative or In das Kino sitzen Bürger. – ...
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„Man kann über das Gebäude sehen.“ oder „Man kann über dem Gebäude sehen.“

Man kann über das Gebäude sehen. or Man kann über dem Gebäude sehen. I'm not sure if „über“ is accusative or dative in this sentence, please help and please explain why it is dative/accusative. ...
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How to look up whether a verb uses dative or accusative

Generally, my understanding of the use of dative and accusative is a bit opaque. I am getting better at deciphering which prepositions call for which case. I have also seen that motion is another ...
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Why does "fragen" take two accusatives?

Ich muss dich etwas fragen. — Duolingo (If the above is wrong, so is the premise of this question, so please correct it if need be!) Does this sentence not have two direct objects? Why does the ...
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Correct usage: "für die Menschen" or "für den Menschen"? Accusative or dative (idiomatic exception)?

When reading Was für eine Krankheit ist Diabetes?, I came across a sentence: Traubenzucker ist lebenswichtig für den Menschen. [emphasis added] German grammar tutorials, for example: Prepositions ...
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"Er fährt mit einem blauen Fahrrad zur Schule" Fahrrad accusative or dative case?

I was learning German and stumbled across a "complete the sentence" question: "Er fährt mit einem _____ Fahrrad zur Schule" (blau) Now, I thought that because the bike is being actively performed ...
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Um welche Wortform handelt es sich bei „Pandoren“?

Edit 18.03.2018 Ein Zufallsfund lässt mich heute vermuten, dass die Endung en mit dem Kasus des Namens nichts zu tun hat. Im achten Auftritt von Lessings »Emilia Galotti« findet sich folgender Satz: ...
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"(Gehören) in" mit Akkusativ oder Dativ?

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Frage mit Wohin? (Akkusativ): Der Müll gehört in die Mülltonne. Wohin gehört der Müll? oder Frage mit Wo? (Dativ): Der Müll gehört in der Mülltonne. Wo gehört ...
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Präposition "an": Dativ oder Akkusativ?

Es gibt eine Frage in meinem Buch. Lesen Sie. Nehmen Sie in einem Brief an die Zeitung Stellung. Soll es nicht Lesen Sie. Nehmen Sie in einem Brief an der Zeitung Stellung. sein ?
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How can be there two accusative in one sentence?

I was doing an exercise in German Grammar drill. I found a sentence like that has two accusatives. Are they really accusatives? Meine Tante stellte den Blumenstrauß auf den Tisch "auf" is also ...
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»bei« + Akkusativ statt Dativ (z.B. »Butter bei die Fische«)

Die Präposition bei regiert den Dativ und gilt nicht als Wechselpräposition. (Siehe z.B. Prepositions and Postpositions auf Wikibooks.) Allerdings gibt es auch heute noch die Redewendung »Butter bei ...
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Why are accusative personal pronouns added into sentences that already have nominative personal pronouns?

I am having some trouble understanding why accusative personal pronouns are added into a sentence that already has a nominative personal pronoun, for example. Wie fühlst du dich? Könnt ihr euch ...
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Confusion with the case of “In den Wald joggen”

A text in my German book contains the sentence: Oder wir gehen zuerst in die Stadt und danach in den Wald joggen. I think that in den Wald actually has to be in dem Wald because here we ask the ...
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Word order of adverbial phrases (TE–KA–MO–LO) and objects (dative – accusative)

Is there any rule for organizing the adverbs and objects in a German sentence? I know the rule that says that the order of the adverbs should be: Time–causal–modal–place. What I do not know is if ...
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Warum "unter der Brücke hindurchgehen"?

Aus dem Duden: unter der Brücke hindurchgehen Warum Dativ? Ich habe die Frage "Auf {einen, einem} Baum klettern - Akkusativ oder Dativ?" schon gelesen, und ich habe gedacht, dass hier der ...
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Can a non-masculine object come before the subject when using an active verb? [duplicate]

From my understanding, in German the sentences "Der Hund beißt den Jungen" and "Den Jungen beißt der Hund" mean the same thing with the difference lying in the emphasis. (The first ...
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Dativ oder Akkusativ?

I've just checked the solutions of an exercise that asks me to determine the Kasus of two articles. Here it is: Der Maler zeichnet ein Bild auf [...] Straße. Die Kinder laufen so schnell wie ...
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"Für", "gegen", "um" — which to use when? [closed]

All three accusative prepositions für, gegen, and um can mean "for" in certain situations. Can anybody give examples when to use which of the three?
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"daß er sich, was seine Wahrnehmung betraf, auf keine bestimmte Zahl festlegen mochte"

This post is on the daß-clause in the following passage from Zwist unter Zauberern by Kurt Kusenberg. In the story, two wizards, Parock and Schneidebein, are carrying on a feud. Parock receives a ...
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Clarification on nominative versus accusative in some sentences

I was wondering, in a sentence such as Das Haustier ist ein Hund would ein Hund be nominative or accusative (making it einen)? It seems like it should be accusative because it answers the ...
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Ein ICE fährt um 14 Uhr. What is subject, verb and direct object and why does it not take akkusativ case [closed]

Ein ICE fährt um 14 Uhr. What is subject, verb and direct object and why does it not take accusative case? Whereas another sentence Gibt es keinen Zug heute morgen? takes accusative? Please ...
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Akkusativ oder Nominativ

Ich habe den folgenden Satz in der Staffel "Friends" gehört: Das ist unser Wagen. Ich glaube, dass es "Das ist unseren Wagen." sein muss. Warum ist es Nominativ hier?
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Dativ and akkusativ problem

Can someone explain to me why these sentences are in accusative and not in dative case: 1- Alle drei schauen konzentriert auf den Verkehr 2- Die Sanitäter heben ihn auf eine Trage And I can't ...