https://www.duolingo.com/d8880

What's the difference between dem, and den?

July 3, 2012

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/saltorocks

Den is the accusative masculine singular form of the article "the". Dem ist the dative masculine and neutral form of the article "the". For example: Ich esse den Apfel (I eat the apple), or Ich esse an dem Tisch "I eat at the table".

July 3, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ktamkun
Plus
  • 25
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 688

Dem is dative masculine and dative neuter. Den is accusative masculine and dative plural.

July 4, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Monkeykid

Dem will most likely be used with dative prepositions such as mit, nach, bei, etc. You would use dem after these (and other prepositions) when the noun is masculine or neuter.
Ich spreche mit dem Mann. (I speak with the man. der Mann >> dem Mann)
Wir haben nach dem Spiel geredet. (We talked after the game. das Spiel >> dem Spiel)

July 4, 2012
Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.