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In German, can I have a sentence with multiple cases?

You seem to have had a misunderstanding about what case is. Case is not an attribute of a sentence, but the attribute of a noun phrase, which is a part of a sentence. This is the analysis of your ...
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Accusative vs Dative: "Schau in der/die Schublade!"

The confusion here comes from omitting a small word: Schau in der Schublade nach. Hence, in this example, the verb is nachschauen, in the other example it is schauen. These differ a bit in ...
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Why does "fragen" take two accusatives?

Most sentence plans follow a few general rules. If there are multiple actants involved, typically the actant with the most active role is in the nominative case (subject), the actant with the least ...
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Dativ or Akkusativ?

The question is '(the goddess) of whom?' or 'whose (godess)?', it is asking for possession. Consequently 'dieser Schule' is genitive.
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Why is the size written in accusative?

This so-called accusative of measure (Akkusativ des Maßes) stands with certain adjectives such as groß, breit, hoch, weit, schwer. Some examples: Sie dachte einen Augenblick lang nach. Einen Tag ...
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Nominativ or Akkusativ

'like' functions as a preposition in this English sentence, and while (all?) prepositions in German decline the noun they're acting on, the word 'wie' is not a preposition. Rather, it is a conjunction;...
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Dativ or Akkusativ?

It is neither accusative nor dative. It is a genitive attribute inside a nominal phrase which is in nominative case. The question is not whom? but whose? (wessen?) Wessen Schutzgottheit ist Hanako? ...
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Präposition "an": Dativ oder Akkusativ?

Nein. Die Präposition an steht je nach Verwendung entweder mit Dativ oder mit Akkusativ. Als Grundregel gilt bei solchen "Wechselpräpositionen": Antwortet die Phrase auf die Frage "wo?" (Ortsangabe - ...
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Is "Guten Morgen" in the accusative? Are all greetings so?

You are correct. "Guten Morgen" is short for "Ich wünsche dir/Ihnen einen guten Morgen". Likewise, "Guten Tag" is short for "Ich wünsche dir/Ihnen einen guten Tag". Same with "Guten Abend". As you ...
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Dative vs Accusative

The components of this sentence are: ich subject personal pronoun, first person, singular, nominative case spreche predicate verb (a form of "sprechen"), first person, singular, present tense mit ...
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"Keinen Scanner gefunden" vs. "Kein Scanner gefunden"

Beides ist richtig. Kein Scanner gefunden. ist die Kurzform von Es wurde kein Scanner gefunden. Dagegen ist Keinen Scanner gefunden. die Kurzform von so etwas wie Ich habe/Das System ...
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Why does "fragen" take two accusatives?

There is no such thing as direct and indirect object in German. That's a concept from French which got shipped across The Channel. German instead has accusative, dative, genitive, and prepositional ...
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Warum ist es "du kannst dir nicht vorstellen" und nicht "du kannst dich nicht vorstellen"?

Those are two very different meanings of the verb vorstellen. sich[reflexive, dat] etwas[acc] vorstellen - to imagine/picture something; This use always requires both a dative reflexive pronoun and ...
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Why do these sentences have different case despite being otherwise identical?

German has four cases (nominative, accusative, dative and genitive). Which case an object receives depends on the verb and has to be learned. We have an excellent list of verbs with a dative object. ...
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"Leider gibt es auf keinem keinen..." Ist das richtig geschrieben?

Leider gibt es auf keinem [Exemplar] keinen Sticker. means that there is no exemplar without a sticker on it. So it is actually the opposite of what you want to express. The correct way of saying ...
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„Sie traf ein großer Schock!“ Warum nicht „Sie traf einen großen Schock“?

treffen verlangt den Akkusativ, das ist richtig. Hier ist allerdings der Schock das Subjekt im Nominativ und sie ist das Akkusativobjekt. Die Satzstellung weicht hier von der Wortstellung Subjekt-...
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Can I use two prepositions with the same noun when one takes the dative and the other the accusative?

Your translation Die Handlung findet in und um eine Kleinstadt statt. isn't strictly grammatically correct but quite common and generally accepted. If that bothers you, you can instead say Die ...
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What to do when two nouns are there?

‘Two nouns’ is a rather broad designator. It can happen in a number of cases: two different objects Ich bringe dem Herrn einen Kaffee one object, one noun describing the other (apposition) Ich ...
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"Diesen Winter" together with the verb "sein"

"Es ist kalt/warm/sonnig/regnerisch." is a standing idiom when talking about the weather. Same as "It's very cold today." in English. This expression is combined with an accusative ...
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Sollte man Artikel im Akkusativ auf eine Einkaufsliste schreiben?

Auch wenn ich die Idee hinter der Frage sehr charmant finde, kenne ich persönlich niemanden, der Einkaufslisten im Akkusativ schreibt. Da es sich um eine reine Liste von Gegenständen ohne grammatische ...
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Why is the accusative used in “Einen Augenblick!”?

In English, “Just a moment!” implies a verb like “wait” or “give (me)”. The same is true in German, “Einen Augenblick!” is just a shorter form of “Warten Sie einen Augenblick!”, “Geben Sie mir einen ...
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Wechselpräpositionen

There are exactly nine Wechselpräpositionen, an, auf, hinter, neben, in, über, unter, vor and zwischen. These mean a different thing when used either with dative or accusative. What's right is ...
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Accusative or dative?

The first one gives a description about the location of the chair. That is why we need the dative (position). "Der Stuhl steht am (an dem) Tisch". "Er setzt sich auf einen Stuhl am Tisch" This ...
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In German, can I have a sentence with multiple cases?

In addition to (or variation of) Jonathan's perfect answer, just because sometimes looking at something from different angles may help getting familiar with it: You seem to come from a language ...
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Dativ oder Akkusativ?

To start with your first example, both of the following are correct; but they mean different things. (i) Der Maler zeichnet ein Bild auf der Straße. (ii) Der Maler zeichnet ein Bild auf die Straße. ...
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"Warten Sie auf mich?"

"Auf ... warten" (meaning "to wait for ...") takes always the accusative case in German. The dative case would indicate that you stand or sit somewhere while waiting, say, "Ich warte auf der Bank (dat....
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Dativ oder Akkusativ für 'beibringen'?

Was im Wörterbuch steht entspricht hier den normalen Regeln der deutschen Sprache: jemandem (Dativ/Dativobjekt) etwas (Akkusative/Akkustivobjekt) beibringen. Man muss den Satz aber richtig verstehen: ...
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Frage nach dem Verb "widmen"

Weil widmen nicht unbedingt reflexiv ist. Ja, es gibt die reflexive Verwendung „sich etwas widmen“, aber das ist ein - wenngleich häufiger - Sonderfall von [etwas (im Akkusativ) = beschreibt das ...
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Grenzfälle Dativ/Akkusativ

Mein Verdacht ist, dass es gar möglicherweise gar nicht um Dativ oder Akkusativ geht, sondern um starke oder schwache Flexion. Die Präposition mit verlangt ausnahmslos den Dativ. Insofern kommt hier ...
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Dative prepositions and seit

Seit is not only a preposition. It can be one, but it doesn’t have to be. If it is a preposition, it governs dative. But if it is, then its government only extends to the first noun expression ...
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