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Questions tagged [dative]

Dativ – relating to the grammatical case that marks typically the indirect object of a verb, the object of some prepositions, or a possessor

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When should I use “in die Richtung” vs “in der Richtung”?

This question also has an answer here (in German): http://german.stackexchange.com/questions/31705 My german is bit better now but recently one of my colleagues corrected me saying "Du sagst nicht ...
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“Leider gibt es auf keinem keinen…” Ist das richtig geschrieben?

Wenn ich es richtig argumentiere, können der Dativ und der Akkusativ nebeneinander liegen und eins dem anderen folgen. Hier ist mein Abendsrätsel: Es gibt hundert Exemplare eines CD-Releases. ...
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'helfen' - always governs the dative?

To the best of my understanding 'helfen' always governs the dative case. So when I saw 'die Umwelt zu helfen' in a sentence I guessed immediately it must be wrong. Is this true? Or is it an ...
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Mir hat… warum Dativ? [duplicate]

I have a sentence: Also ich war im Stadion und mir hat es gar nicht gefallen. Why should I use Dativ (mir) in the case? Can someone give me a reference to the rule?
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Kasus mit “befehlen”

jmdm. befehlen, etw.akk. zu tun What appears above is reported by dict(dot)leo(dot)org. Nothing in that entry suggests that an accusative object might be used. In Starman Jones, by Robert Heinlein, ...
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Du fehlst mir so sehr

I am confused about the translation of this sentence from Deutsch in English: Deutsch: Du fehlst mir so sehr English: I miss you so much Fehlen is a Dative verb but still the subject (Nominativ) ...
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Sentence with Akkusativ Präposition or Dativ

Ich habe eine Tasche für meinen Bruder. Ich habe meinem Bruder eine Tasche. The first sentence with Akkusativ preposition while the second one with Dativ. Which one is correct? Or may be both?
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Dative and akkusative

How do you say Now, do you love me? in German? I considered 2 options: Jetzt, Iiebe dir mich? Jetzt, liebe mir dich? I think second one is correct. Please help with the underlying ...
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Dative prepositions and reflexive pronoun

Bitte melden Sie sich bis zum 10. Juni per Mail oder telefonisch an. In this sentence there are 2 prepositions together bis and zum, there is a reflexive pronoun and an is at the last of the ...
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The dative case - expressing the action of putting something on a table

On a course quiz of mine in an introductory-level German class, we had the following question about correctly identifying the accusative case: What confuses me is that this question doesn't seem ...
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Preposition with dativ

Ich habe um 8:00 Uhr ein Meeting mit Kollegen aus der Marketing-Abteilung. Um 11:00 Uhr muss ich dann _____ einem Kollegen sein. Please tell me why/how the answer of the gap is "bei" and not "mit" ...
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“Die Sonne scheint den Kindern auf die Köpfe. ” Why do we use dative followed by a non-dative?

I saw it on link to youtube the following sentence : Die Sonne scheint den Kindern auf die Köpfe. The sentence appears at 0:47. It seems like "den Kindern" here is a dative case. But why is it so? ...
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“ein paar” or “einem paar” in dative

When using a preposition that requires the usage of dative, does the dative also apply to "ein paar" in this case. So is it Ich werde mit ein paar Kindern wohnen. or Ich werde mit einem paar ...
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“Du fasst dir an den Kopf.” oder “Du fasst dich an den Kopf.”

Heißt es korrekt "Du fasst dir an den Kopf." oder "Du fasst dich an den Kopf."? Andersherum ist die Frage dazu auch unklar: "Wem fasst du an den Kopf?" oder "Wen fasst du an den Kopf?" – was ist ...
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Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen? [duplicate]

I know first one is true but I do not understand why? Can anyone explain? thanks in advance.
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Person vs Thing for determining case?

In German, some verbs use the dative case for the object (e.g. Ich folge dir). In lists about these, I've seen mention of jemand and etwas. Does the case change depending on whether the object is a ...
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Authority for verbs that take dative direct objects

Does anyone know of an (online) authority that will indicate if a given verb takes dative direct objects? I've seen lists, but they don't seem to be exhaustive. If I learn a new (rare) verb, where ...
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Can we have 2 datives in a sentence?

I came across this sentence which has 2 datives: Er hilft seinem Nachbarn bei der Reparatur des Autos. Is it possible to do so?
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Wann können wir Präpositionen verwenden?

Welche ist die richtige Option? Wir bringen ihr einen Hund. Wir bringen einen Hund zu ihr. Wir bringen zu ihr einen Hund. Und warum? Dürfen wir vor dem Akkusativ den Dativ nicht schreiben?
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Ist “Er hat mit dir einen Termin” gutes Deutsch?

I know that dative comes first (besides when there is a personal pronoun which is in the accusative) but - Er hat einen Termin mit dir sounds better to my ears. Which is right? or both work? If the ...
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Dative or Accusative first? [duplicate]

Ich esse einen Hamburger mit Danny Oder Ich esse mit Danny einen Hamburger Are there any specific places where accusative will come first, other than where its a pronoun?
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Is this sentence by Angela Merkel grammatically correct?

The below paragraph appears in todays's article “Trump vs. Merkel beim Nato-Gipfel. Duell auf offener Bühne.” from Der Spiegel: Soweit, so normal. Dann aber fügt sie [Angela Merkel] hinzu, "dass ...
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“für dich” or “dir”?

Would you say, for example, Bin ich dir zu laut? or Bin ich zu laut für dich? Relatedly, how do you know to use accusive vs. dative when it English it´s unclear such as 'That´s too late for ...
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What does the verb “halten” with a dative object mean?

I'm reading "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink and encountered this sentence: Manchmal hält die Erinnerung dem Glück schon dann die Treue nicht, wenn das Ende schmerzlich war. I don't understand ...
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Dativ (von) vs Genitiv(des)

Is there a rule when to use von? I know that before countries for example: Der Präsident von Spanien. Is it because there is no article before countries? for example Die Schweiz has an article so I ...
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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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An ambiguous pronoun

Ich lasse mir von schlechtem Wetter nicht die Laune verderben. So, I'm given to understand that die Laune verderben requires the dative case to show whose mood is being spoiled. Like - Das verdirbt ...
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einen / eins von / der / von den beiden

Consider the following sentences with two holes: Der Titel des ersten Abschnittes dieses Manuskripts ist dem Titel des zweiten Abschnittes viel zu ähnlich. Man sollte ___(A)___ ___(B)___ ändern. ...
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Dative or nominative?

Can you please tell me which is correct? I can't figure out if it should be dative or nominative: A) Wir fahren von Bonn, die ehemalige Hauptstadt, nach Berlin. B) Wir fahren von Bonn, der ...
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Dativ oder Akkusativ für 'beibringen'?

Ich habe eine Frage nach dem Gebrauch des Verbs 'beibringen'. Im Wörterbuch steht: jemandem(dat) etwas(akk) beibringen Ich habe aber einen Artikel gefunden, wo jemanden(akk) verwendet wird, anstatt ...
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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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On dativ and akkusativ

"Ich gratuliere dir zum Geburtstag." "Ich rufe dich an." In both sentences the other party is "receiving" the action, so why is one dativ and the other akkusativ ? Thank you!
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Heute ist kalt - incorrect sentence? [duplicate]

Does this sentence needs a subject? Is it true that only when I start the sentence with dativ I can omit the "es"? [Mir ist (es) kalt] So why can't I do the same with akusativ? [Heute ist es ...
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How to ask for a dative object?

I know that wem is the dative question, in contrast with the accusative questions wen and was. But there is the verb folgen, which always takes the dative, e.g., in “Ich folge dem Auto”. How do I ask ...
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Question on this sentence “some of the balls are red”

Rosetta stone says it's einige der Bälle sind rote. I don't understand why die goes to der. Does einige change it to dative case? I couldn't find anything online and Rosetta stone won't tell me
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Why does “zum” translate here as “about the”?

Sie hat eine Frage zum Telefon. Here the sentence translates to She had a question about the telephone. But zum (zu + dem) means "to the". Am I missing something?
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seinem oder seines?

Habe hier gerade einen unangenehmen Satz gefunden und weiß nicht sicher was korrekt ist: Bystron habe in der Wahlkabine bei der Kanzlerwahl den von ihm ausgefüllten Stimmzettel samt seinem ...
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Mehrere Adjektive vor einem Wort: alle im Dativ?

Wenn ich einen Satz der folgenden Art habe ... Ein einstöckiger Steinbau mit angrenzendem, rechteckigem/rechteckigen Turm. ... werden dann die an zweiter und späteren Stellen gelisteten Adjektive ...
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Dative plural adjective and noun endings: den neuen Büchern vs. den neuen Autos?

I'm a bit confused. For dative plural, nouns end with n, the adjective ends in en, and the definite article is den. So, for example: Der Junge lernt von DEN neuEN BücherN (the boy learns about the ...
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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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“Dem Bus” and “fahren” in a sentence [closed]

Why do we use "dem Bus" with "fahren" where "dem Bus" is Dativ and "fahren" is Akkusativ.
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Usage of Dative + sein sentence construction

For one of my sentences, a native German speaker corrected it to be a “dative + sein” construction. Original: Wenn es nur wahr wäre. Suggestion: Wenn dem nur so wäre! They proposed that the ...
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Auf dem Stuhl vs auf den Stuhl [duplicate]

Recently I have come across this sentence in my german textbook: "Stellen Sie sich hinter den Stuhl. Der Rücken ist gerade. Wenn Sie hinter dem Stuhl stehen, dann legen Sie die Hände auf den Stuhl. ...
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»Eric erzählt [seinen/seinem] Brüdern Witze.« [closed]

I was wondering what would be the right way to say: Eric erzählt seinen Brüdern Witze. I though we should use seinem here since Brüdern is a indirect object but “German notes” I have borrowed from ...
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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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Why is there sometimes an “e” added to a dativ noun?

I.e. "Warnung vor dem Hunde" Why is it not just "dem Hund" ? Basicly it's a normal whom question, isn't it?
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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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Preposition “bei” and “in” to express “in/at a place”

In case of "WO", when do we use "bei + dativ" and/or "in + dativ"? What is the difference?
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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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Dative case error? [closed]

Sorry if I sound stupid just trying to understand as well as I can, but why does "eine Schlange hat den Frosch gefressen" take a "den" instead of "dem"? I thought den was only used for possession of ...