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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gronyteen

"No, I thank you."

January 18, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gronyteen

Why dir not dich?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Menschenkind

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jess1camar1e

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mikelucas

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jess1camar1e

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexSensei

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jess1camar1e

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexSensei

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

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