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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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Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen? [duplicate]

Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen? I know first one is true but I do not understand why? Can anyone explain?
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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 ehemaligen ...
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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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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? [duplicate]

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 thought we should use seinem here since Brüdern is a indirect object but “German notes” I have borrowed ...
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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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Usage concerning “mir/mich”

I saw a sentence in a German textbook: Aber wenn ich Geburtstag habe, dann darf ich mir ein Essen aussuchen. I would like to ask why we should use "mir" here? I saw it somewhere else a sentence ...
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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 ...
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What is “einem neugierigen Journalisten” in the dativ plural form? [closed]

"einem neugierigen Journalisten". I know that "einem" is incorrect and so ist "einen". But for the life of me, I cannot figure out what the correct dativ plural form of this should be! What am I not ...
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Why is the dative -e not used in “zu Hans' Haus”?

I thought that the dative -e was used in fixed expressions such as "nach Hause" and "zu Hause". But when I plug this sentence into Google Translate, it spells "Haus", not ...
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Dative ending problem

I am doing an exercise. The exercise is telling me to write the dative form of given words or phrase. I am stuck in one place. A phrase is given "Die Leute", and an answer is given in dative form is "...
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Dative and Accusative Confusion

I have some confusion regarding accusative and dative. Please understand my question or if I have questioned wrongly than correct me. And please answer the questions elaborately if possible. Thank you....
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Dative after 'von' with compound personal names

The preposition von takes the dative in German, but I'm unsure how to form the dative of a "compound" personal name like Karl der Große. As a proper noun, Karl does not change, but does der Große ...
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Is this a dative of possession? Is this syntax common?

This is my second question about the beginning of Aschenputtel (see here for the first). Einem reichen Manne, dem wurde seine Frau krank, und als sie fühlte, daß ihr Ende herankam, rief sie ihr ...
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Why isn't the verb subjunctive in this indirect statement?

The opening sentence of Aschenputtel reads, Einem reichen Manne, dem wurde seine Frau krank, und als sie fühlte, daß ihr Ende herankam, rief sie ihr einziges Töchterlein zu sich ans Bett und sprach: ....
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“Warten Sie auf mich?”

I encountered this sentence recently and it confounds me: "Warten Sie auf mich?" as in "Do you wait for me?". Since we have a two-way preposition and because there is no motion in this sentence, I ...
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»Wir leben in den/m Augenblick«

Wir leben in den Augenblick. Wir leben in dem Augenblick. Edit: Here is the text of the song I referred to: https://genius.com/Nate57-blaulicht-lyrics For the first expression, the accusative is ...
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Zug - Bewegung - Dativ?

Ich möchte gerne wissen, warum in dem folgenden Satz überall Dativ ist: ..., dass der Zug von einem Gleis abfährt, auf einem Gleis ankommt und auch auf einem Gleis steht. Ich verstehe, dass etwas ...
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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 ...
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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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Dative or nominative in “Die Kindern hängen von Ihrem Vater ab.”

How to understand the following sentence: Die Kindern hängen von Ihrem Vater ab. It sounds like the children depend on their father, right? Sorry, I am a Brazilian student. As I can see it, Die ...
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Unter dem/den/. Einfluss [duplicate]

Although the question is a duplicate, the answers here are also enlightening. With Google I can find examples using e.g. gerät unter dem Einfluss gerät unter den Einfluss gerät unter Einfluss ...