"No, I thank you."

January 18, 2013


Why dir not dich?

January 18, 2013

Because 'you' is dativ here, hence you need 'dir'. 'dich' is used for accusative as in 'Ich mag dich' or as reflexive pronoun.

January 18, 2013

The verb "danken" (to thank) always takes the dative case, as does "helfen" (to help). Ex: Ich danke Ihnen, Wir helfen euch, etc.

March 23, 2013

Why 'ich' here and not 'mir' which is the dative 'I'?

April 24, 2013

Because "ich" is the subject of the sentence. The subject remains unchanged, but whomever the subject is thanking becomes dative.

May 5, 2013

Hmm...I guess they wanted a rather literal translation. "Nein, ich bedanke mich" didn't cut it.

May 1, 2013

With the "sich bedanken" construction, one must also use a preposition like "bei" (to whom) or "für" (for what) the thanks is being given.

May 5, 2013

I know that native speakers can get things wrong, too, but I've heard loads of Germans say "ich bedanke mich" on its own.

May 6, 2013
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