Accusative object & singular - looks like plural, but isn't one

Some words look like plural, but they are not. For instance: co-worker = der Kollege (sing, & nom. object) - den Kollegen (sing, & acc. object); astronaut = der Astronaut (sing, & nom. object) - den Astronauten (sing. & acc. object); boy = der Junge (sing, & nom. object) - den Jungen (sing. & acc. object); gentleman = der Herr (sing, & nom. object) - den Herren (sing & acc. object).

Note that most online examples won't highlight this confusing fact, because some nouns may not look like the plural form as acc. objects, e.g., der Mann = den Mann. This online examples has an acc. noun in the sing. form that looks like a plural.

February 28, 2012


Some masculine nouns, called weak nouns, have a special type of declension that adds an -n or -en to the word outside of the nominative case. This applies to nouns with particular endings and also a few random words that you unfortunately just have to memorize. Here is a great summary that should help you out:

May 19, 2012

Only one problem now; How do you know which nouns will add an 'n' or an 'en' in the accusative case?

April 9, 2012

Thanks a lot! I did get confused when I first saw 'den Jungen' in accusative object.

February 6, 2014
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