"Ich danke dem Mann."

Translation:I thank the man.

January 9, 2013



Why is this not an accusative case? If it were "Ich esse den Mann" (cannibal sentence, sorry), then it would've been accusative, right? Is danken an exception verb?

January 9, 2013


Some verbs in German imply a certain case. 'Danken' implies the dative. http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_dativ.htm

January 9, 2013


Thanks for the link to dative verbs, that really helps!!

February 6, 2013


Thanks for your help! The DuoLingo tips section said "Ich danke ihr" is correct instead of "ich danke sie," but did a terrible job explaining--it didn't even say that "danken" implies dative. Thank you!

March 1, 2016


I think it's because you "give" thanks to the man. To thank the man would mean you do something to him, whereas giving thanks to the man makes it dative.

September 10, 2016


Because the German verb is "jemandem danken", and it requires the dative object. So it would be best to memorize verbs and the case of its object.

January 9, 2013


Would be helpful to think of the translation of "danken" as "to give thanks to," which would suggest that the person you thank is actually the indirect object?

March 26, 2013


How do you say "I thank that man" ?

March 7, 2013


How do you say "I thank that man" ?

It would be written the same way: Ich danke dem Mann.

In pronunciation, dem would be unstressed when it means "the" but stressed when it means "that".

July 31, 2019


Why "the man" but not "that/this man"?

February 8, 2013


Because the means "der" and "that/this" means dieser. It is not a specific man in the sentence so you can't use that or this

August 20, 2015


I say thanks to the man.

March 3, 2013


Why is "I'm thanking the husband" wrong?

November 10, 2018


Why is "I'm thanking the husband" wrong?

Because Mann does not mean "husband" -- except in a possessive context such as mein Mann.

There is no possession involved or implied in this sentence, so Mann can only mean "man".

July 31, 2019
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