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"I do not speak with my father."

Translation:Ich spreche nicht mit meinem Vater.

February 25, 2013



Here's a question of word order. I think in some languages, the word order stresses the point. So in other words, does the placement of "nicht" stress that I am not speaking OR that it is not with my father (but perhaps some other male) I am not speaking?

Does my question make sense?


Yes it does and in German the word order stresses the point as well. But not in this case, since "sprechen mit" expects a dative ("meinem Vater"), so the placement of the "nicht" doesn't matter (for changing the meaning of the sentence)


So is it possible to move the 'nicht' to the end of the sentence in this case?


Isn't that right to think that, by putting "mit meinem Vater" at the end, I am stressing the fact that it is with him that I do not speak? Alternatively, if "nicht" is put at the end of the sentence, wouldn't that mean that I'm stressing the fact that I Do Not speak with my father?


Can someone explain to me why is it "meinem" and not "meinen"?


"Mit" is a preposition that triggers Dativ.


that when would it be meinen? i am confused about dativ/ accusativ/ another?


"Meinen" would be accusative (same as how ein Apfel turns to einen Apfel in accusative form). Such as: "Ich mag meinen Vater." In this sentence it would be "MeinEM" because 1) "mit" is always followed by dative 2) Vater is masculine 3) masculine in dative ends with "-em." Hope that helps!


how do i know when it is Dative or accusative?


Accusative always takes a direct object after the verb. "I have a book", "I like the house". Dative is when you have an indirect object after the verb (so, the verb is always followed by a preposition): "He made it FOR you" (here: "it" is direct object, "you" is the indirect object), "She is going TO the club".


Cinthiia_mc isr partially right.

We must remember that some verbs always govern the dative, like when we say "Danke dir" or "sie folgt ihm".

And there are prepositions that always govern the accusative. See:



Another way, if the object follows these prepositions then its Dativ. Aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu


nateVONgreat e seem to be at a moments of 'head swimming' phase. I think this lesson will stay okay if it remains about prepositions triggering dative.... Here goes!


Is " Ich spreche mit meinem vater nicht " correct..?


In everyday talk, would "Spreche nicht mit meinem Vater," omitting the "Ich," be accepted/understood, or is it crucial for the sentence meaning?


question totally not about dative case but i really don't know the difference between Sprache and Spreche


Sprache is a noun, it means "language". "Ich spreche" means "I speak".


When do you capitalize words?


so,ich nicht spreche is a mistake?


Why does “sprechen” sometimes take the accusative? I am watching an episode of “Dark” where Helge’s mother calls him to meet Noah saying “Hier ist jemand, der DICH sprechen möchte.”

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