German Language Blog

Tag Archives: accusative

The German Word Eselsbrücke (Mnemonic) Posted by on May 3, 2019

Guten Tag! Today we are going to look at the German word die Eselsbrücke, and what it means. Not only is it an interesting word, but an Eselsbrücke is something that might even help you with your language learning! Die Eselsbrücke literally translates to ‘the donkey bridge’. Its actual translation in English, however, is mnemonic…

Continue Reading

“On me”: “Auf mir” or “auf mich” – German personal pronouns in the dative and accusative case Posted by on Jul 31, 2013

I received the question whether it is auf mich or auf mir, which are translated as “on me” in English. The good news is that both forms exist in German and thus they are both correct. The bad news is: Both forms are not interchangeable at will. Which form you have to use is dependent…

Continue Reading

WHO is doing that to WHOM with WHAT and WHOSE is it at all? – The four German cases Posted by on Aug 6, 2010

Most learners of German seem to struggle with the language’s grammar cases. In this post I am going to explain why these cases exist and what they mean. The crucial element of every sentence is the verb, since it names a particular action. In this action, there are always specific subjects and objects (nouns) involved…

Continue Reading

The Accusative Posted by on Jul 29, 2009

The accusative case marks the direct object in a sentence. The direct object is the person or thing doing the receiving. Here are the accusative forms for the definite article: Masculine  (den) Feminine (die) Neuter (das) Plural (die) Here are the indefinite forms: masculine (einen) feminine (eine) neuter (ein) plural (keine) You might see some…

Continue Reading