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When to use 'Mich' vs 'Mir'?

Help would be appreciated!

January 7, 2018

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

Mich is used for the accusative case and mir for the dative.


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

Also some verbs use the dative case for objects, like "Hilf mir"


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

thanks for that gatiquo, I had actually forgotten about the verbs!


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Hi. As far as I'm concerned, Mir is used when the action implies "to me". Maybe an example clarifies it: Sie gibt mir (She gives something to me) . Sie sagt mir (She says something to me) . Vs Sie liebt mich. (She loves me). I hope you find this useful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sweilan1

Your English examples are incorrect. When a sentence uses the phrase "to me", it is using a prepositional phrase and not an indirect object.


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

... and there are a few words like: aus, bei, mit von, nach that always take the dative. (forcing you to use mir) . Then there are some words like: durch gegen, ohne, um... that always take the accusative (forcing you to use mich). There are some other famous ones, but I haven't worked out how to type umlauts yet, or the "sharp" s. :(

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