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Question about predicate and accusative. (German)

Hi :)

In the sentences, "I am a dog" or "She is a woman" (or any descriptive phrase), would the words "dog" and "woman" be in the accusitive case or are they predicate nouns?

Thanks alot for your help in advance

March 6, 2013

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

I am no expert on predicates, but such words have the forms of Nominative Case: Icn bin ein Hund, Sie ist eine Frau. Accusative Case is mostly used for direct objects, like: Ich sehe einen Hund, Er liebt eine Frau.

P.S. You'd better ask your questions about German in German section.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fractals7

I understand, this helped me alot. I was unaware of the forum sections so thanks for letting me know.


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

They are predicate nouns indeed. Since you're asking for them, you might already know some. If not, there's more about that here: http://www.vistawide.com/german/grammar/german_cases_nominative.htm

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