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Why is a preposition in this sentence needed?

So here's the sentence that I found in my textbook: Du musst noch beim Reisebüro anrufen. Why is that "bei" needed? Can't I say Du musst noch DEM Reisebüro anrufen? If the latter is correct, too, what is the difference?

December 20, 2017

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

Not "dem Reisebüro", but "Du musst noch das Reisebüro anrufen" (accusative); but then it's correct, too.

(to call [by phone] = anrufen + accusative; vs. bei + dative)

When you use "bei", it sounds a bit more personal, i.e., more like "I call [a person] at the travel agency", not just "the travel agency".


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bbea21 - You've been studying too much German; now your English (Why is a preposition in this sentence needed?) sounds like German. ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bbea21

What would be the correct word order then? :D

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