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Ich glaube es nicht!

[deactivated user]

    But shouldn't we use the dative form here? "Ich glaube ihm nicht"

    January 22, 2018

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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

    It depends on what you want to say. The sentences are correct, but they mean different things.

    Ich glaube ihm nicht. = I don't believe him.

    ("ihm" is dative and refers to the person who told me something)

    Ich glaube es nicht. = I don't believe it.

    ("es" is accusative and refers to the message that I learned (and don't believe)).


    [deactivated user]

      When we mean "I don't believe it", why we say "Ich glaube es nicht"? The dative form of "es" is "ihm". As I have learned "glauben" is a dative verb


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

      Here is an example:

      Ich glaube die Geschichte.
      I believe that the story is true. / I believe the story's truth.

      Ich glaube der Geschichte.
      I believe that what the story tells is true. / I believe the story.

      Ich glaube an die Geschichte.
      I believe that the story's existence is true. / I believe in the story.

      This may not seem a relevant difference in the example, but it gets clearer with persons.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwbrand1

      Thank you Heike and Mofalt for your clear and concise explanations. This was very helpful to me.

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