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“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…

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Meinem, deinem, ihrem, unserem, etc.: German possessive pronouns in the dative case Posted by on Jan 21, 2013

In two of my previous post, I have already written about possessive pronouns in the nominative case and possessive pronouns in the genitive case. Now, I would like to continue with the third case or dative case. In general, the dative case shows possession. That is, when you want to use a possessive pronoun in…

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Prepositions that require the DATIVE CASE Posted by on Sep 1, 2010

In one of my previous posts I started discussing about prepositions and which grammar cases they require for the following noun. In this post I am going to give some examples sentence with very common prepositions that require the DATIVE CASE. The German prepositions, which require the dative case are: aus, bei, mit, von, seit…

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Dative Case Posted by on Aug 18, 2009

The dative case is used to indentify indirect objects. Indirect objects ask ‘for whom’ or ‘to whom’. Example: Alexander gibt seinem Freund 200 Euro. Alexander gives his friend 200 Euros. In this case ‘seinem Freund’ is the dative Here is the dative of the definite article. Dative masculine: dem Dative feminine: der Dative neuter: dem Dative plural…

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The German Genitive Case Ending Explained Posted by on Apr 8, 2021

For all the German learners out there, I probably don’t need to say this. Grammar in German is a pain. In the jungle of articles, conjugations and cases, it can be daunting to get it all right. We’ve written about the Genitiv (Genitive) jungle before. And today, I want to focus on a small patch in that…

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German Prepositions: All You Need To Know Posted by on Feb 20, 2020

Hello dear German learners! Have you struggled with prepositions like aus, bei, mit, entlang, anhand, während or wegen? German is famous for being hard – but there are rules for all of it! Let’s have a look at how to use German prepositions and to uncover what preposition to use. Known in German as Präpositionen, prepositions are…

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German Articles: All You Need To Know Posted by on Feb 13, 2020

German Artikel (articles) seem quite confusing. The infamous der/die/das scheme spooks many students – but fear not, there is some logic to it all. Let’s have a look at this today! First, an overview Want to go deeper? Check out our free eBook on German basics here! Artikel belong to their corresponding Nomen (noun). They’re helpful to identify what Nomen is being referred to…

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