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"Ich werde meinem Hund folgen."

Translation:I am going to follow my dog.

April 28, 2014



Can someone confirm the use of dative case here ~ does folgen always use it?


Dative is correct. "Folgen" always needs the dative.


Well, this is disappointing: my goto resource, dict.cc, provides no indication that folgen is dative. (http://www.dict.cc/?s=folgen), nor does my verb-centric helper, reverso.net (http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-german-verb-folgen.html). Not even Duden (http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/folgen) although I could be missing something since it's all auf Deutsch.

Fortunately, the wiktionary (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/folgen) has this:

folgen (third-person singular simple present "folgt", past tense "folgte", past participle "gefolgt", auxiliary haben or sein)
1. (with dative) to follow

And I found this nifty little article http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_dativ.htm which provides a little assistance for identifying other dative verbs:

many dative verbs can be translated with a to-phrase: antworten, to give an answer to; danken, to give thanks to; gefallen, to be pleasing to; etc.

Unfortunately, it also adds:

This favorite grammar trick of many German teachers does not always hold up (as with folgen, to follow).

Then it warns:

However, even if you are one of those rare people who find all this dative grammar fascinating, it is best to simply learn (memorize!) the more common dative verbs.

And provides a couple of lists of dative verbs, one common, and one less so.


How can 'folgen' be dative as it involves movement towards a 'thing'. Shouldnt that be accusative?

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    Your dog is going somewhere. You go towards your dog. You both end up where he wants to be. He is not the direct object of an action by you. You do not do anything to him. You simply align your movement with his and go where he goes.


    Great explanation! It is like someone and its dog does not move at all if you watch them towards each other! Or we can imagine that it is the earth that is moving (Imagine that earth is moving track and we just stand and do nothing, so anyway we end up in another place from starting point) :)


    Das ist nun einmal so. Akzeptiere es.


    There are some dative verbs and force all the sentence In Dative (pronoums, articles etc). Please take a look at this link http://german.about.com/library/verbs/blverb_dativ.htm


    I think that's because it's a verb, not a preposition. (?)


    Nützlich ... Danke


    The PONS dictionary is usually very good with showing which case a verb meaning takes, and even shows common prepositions that are used with the verbs for additional meanings or usage.

    The leo.org dictionary often, but not always, shows that information as well.

    Those are the two dictionaries that I use most when learning German.


    Die Person ist das Haustier.


    so your dog is walking you


    But in the plural it is: "Ich werde meinen Hunden (dative too) folgen."


    why not ' ich werde meinen Hund folgen'?


    Because "folgen" needs dative case.


    I suppose there is an implied 'after' in the sentence: "I am following [after] my dog.", and 'nach' is a dative preposition.


    no. it's because folgen is one of the dative verbs.


    I think that's a good way of thinking about it. Not necessarily that there is an implied "after", so much as that the concept of "after" is integrated into folgen.


    I'm pretty sure in one episode of Scooby Doo, Shaggy said this


    Wer kommt mit dieses Sätzen?


    Ein Polizist mit einem Bluthund?


    why not ' I will follow my dog.'?


    It's also correct and should be accepted.


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