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Ihm versus ihn

in a sentence like Ich habe mit ihm/ihn gesprochen. which is correct and why. thank you

December 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andreas305

"ihm" is Dativ, "ihn" is Akkusativ.

mit, nach, von, bei, zu, aus, gegenüber => prepositions requiring the Dativ => ihm

durch, für, ohne, um, gegen => prepositions requiring the Accusativ => ihn

A bit more difficult: an, auf, hinter, neben, vor, über, unter, in, zwischen => can require Dativ or Akkusativ depending on describing a movement or a static action.

But a lot of Germans have problems with it, especially, if they are mumbling ;-)

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