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German Cases

In Latin, I know that there are five major cases: Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, and Ablative. I was curious to know how many German cases there are?

Thanks for the help.

March 16, 2017

9 Comments


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

There are four cases in German : Nominative Accusative, Dative, and Genitive.

March 16, 2017

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

Thanks, LavethWolf.

March 18, 2017

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

...er, what about the 'vocative' case? Shouldn't the total be six for Latin?

March 17, 2017

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

Yikes, Wikipedia agrees: "Nouns (including proper nouns and pronouns) have six cases (casus): nominative, vocative, accusative, genitive, dative and ablative (a few nouns have a seventh case, called the locative)..."

I still want to learn Latin.

March 17, 2017

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

Oh, yes. I'm sorry, I just remembered about this case. Thanks for reminding me, JohnRayson!

March 18, 2017

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

Hence "five major cases", I suppose -- the vocative is the same as the nominative for nearly all nouns.

March 17, 2017

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

It's sort of nice to know, struggling with German cases, that there's one less case than in Latin.

March 16, 2017

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

Thank you. I wasn't familiar with that site.

March 17, 2017
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