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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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"Es gefällt ihm." How to identify similar exceptions?

It is not an exception or irregularity at all! Different grammar (from English or any other language) doesn’t constitute an irregularity. If you were an Italian or Russian then English “I like it” ...
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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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Why do we use the dative case even when the object isn't receiving anything?

Blut im Auge (blood in the eye) Where is the blood? - In the eye. Mein Schlüssel ist im Auto. (My key is in the car.) Where is the key? - In the car. In both cases you are asking with "where" ...
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Dative taking verbs in the passive?

The second example is wrong. No one would ever use it. First example: This construct is called "Subjektloser Passivsatz". This occurs when there is no subject in the sentence and this non-existing ...
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Use of the dative on inscriptions

For the same reason you use to in an English dedication: To my father You wouldn't just put 'My father', since you're telling us who you are dedicating the book to, not what it is.
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Use of the dative on inscriptions

It's an ellipsis of „Dieses Parlament ist dem deutschen Volk gewidmet“ (This parliament is dedicated to the German people). Widmen requires a dativ object in German. See here for a detailed ...
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Dativ plural: den or denen

You’re right with your statement that den is the article and denen is the relative pronoun. That said, in your first example you need the relative pronoun, not an article. Note that an article always ...
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"Es gefällt ihm." How to identify similar exceptions?

You have to compare the matching verbs in German and English. Es gefällt ihm im Kindergarten sehr gut. "It likes him in kindergarten a lot!" "It pleases him in the kindergarten a lot." Der ...
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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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“Belange von Minderheiten” – why “von” and not a genitive?

1. »Von« + dative case is a substitute for genitive case Very often it is possible to replace genitive case with »von« + dative case without changing the meaning: Der Griff des Messers ist ...
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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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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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Is this sentence by Angela Merkel grammatically correct?

You are right, it should be aus gegebenem Anlass. However: If you listen to the actual interview in the video (at around 0:40), which was linked in the article you mentioned, you can hear, that ...
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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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Use of the dative on inscriptions

This is what's called a dativus finalis It tends to denote purpose and thus means "this is for [the benefit of] the German people". Latin knew the same notion, an example would be "tibi laetitiae", ...
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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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Lyrics translation: "Dalai Lama" by Rammstein

But I believe that the verb gehört requires the dativ … Ordinarily you would be correct. In this case, however, we are not talking about simply gehören in the sense of belong to, but the collocation ...
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Why 'der' in 'Danke der Nachfrage'?

Wie schon anderswo erklärt, kann „danken“ ein Dativ- und ein Akkusativobjekt haben, um auszudrücken, wem und wofür gedankt wird. Dort wo wir heute den Akkusativ benutzen, wurde laut Grimm (Punkt 3) im ...
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Grammatik von „zu meiner Reisen“?

Bei Reisen handelt es sich in diesem Fall um eine alte Dativform von Reise. In moderner Sprache würde es also zu meiner Reise heißen. In älterer Literatur sind derartige Formen nicht besonders selten,...
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Can "nach" mean "about"?

"Nach" is a very natural choice for the topic of inquiries. Why? Because it's the preposition that goes with "fragen", which is the default/generic verb for that action. Ich frage nach dem Weg. I ...
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Is it "seit ein paar Tagen" or "seit einen paar Tagen"?

"Ein" is a part of "ein paar" and "ein paar" is an unchangeable pronoun. That is why "ein" is not changed to "einem". Note that "Tagen" is dative. If you would use "einige" or "wenige" (synonyms of "...
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Why does the dative case of "Kunde" have an "n"?

These nouns are, according to current terminology, referred to as belonging to the n-Deklination; searching for this term will get you many lists and explanations. Historically, they were referred to ...
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Zwei -em-Endungen in Adjektiven hintereinander

Man findet durchaus nicht selten eine wechselnde starke und schwache Flexion von artikellosen Adjektiven im Dativ Singular. Einen Whatsapp-Account zu missbrauchen, sich einzuhacken, das sei dann ...
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Zwei -em-Endungen in Adjektiven hintereinander

Es gibt keine Norm, derzufolge es überheblichem heißen muss. In "Duden - Richtiges und gutes Deutsch, 7. Aufl. Mannheim 2011" (das ist die aktuelle Auflage, soweit ich sehe), heißt es: ...
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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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Hat dir der Film gefallen? oder Hat du der Film gefallen?

The verb "gefallen" is used with dative. You can roughly think of it as "to be pleasant to somebody": Dieses Buch gefällt mir - this book is pleasant to me Der Schauspieler hat ...
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