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German Dative Case

I can't seem to pass the 1st lesson in the Dative case in German. Does anyone have an Idea of how to pass this?

January 29, 2013



In the dative case:

der becomes dem; die (singular) becomes der; das becomes dem; die (plural) becomes den

the same endings apply to the indefinite article:

ein becomes einem; eine becomes einer; ein (neuter) becomes einem; eine (plural) becomes einen

"danke" is used in the dative case if you are thanking someone. You can look at it like the word thanks is implying that you are giving thanks to someone. So "I thank you" is like saying "I give thanks to you". The "to" makes it a dative case. Ich danke dir.


The term dative comes from the Latin verb, dare, to give. So, one of its main uses is to indicate who or what is given something. I hope this might help.


I don't know if this will help you but in English the dative case almost always appears between the nominative and the accusative subjects eg. "My father gave me a toy", "my father" is nominative, "a toy" is accusative and "me" is dative.


Thank you all of your comments were really helpful. :)

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