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Why nominative and not accusative: "Was bedeutet der Satz?"

  • "Was bedeutet der Satz?"
  • "Wie viele Tage hat ein Monat?"

Why isn't it

  • den Satz
  • einen Monat

I'm a little confused. :)

March 19, 2013

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The nominative case is for the subject of the sentence and the accusative case is for direct objects. In those questions, "der Satz" and "ein Monat" are the subjects. Thinking of the answers to those questions might help: "Was bedeutet der Satz?" -> "Der Satz bedeutet...", "Wie viele Tage hat ein Monat?" -> "Ein Monat hat ... Tage."

March 19, 2013
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