Nominative vs. Accusatory vs. Dative
When should these different cases be used?
The Nominative is for the subject. (The Genitive is for possessive.) The Dative is for the indirect object. The Accusative is for the direct object. e.g. "Der Junge gibt dem Mann den Käse." (The boy gives the man the cheese.) who is doing something? -> WER (gibt jemandem den Käse)? -> DER Junge -> Nominative to whom or what was something done? -> WEM (gibt der Junge den Käse)? -> DEM Mann -> Dative with whom or what was something done? -> WEN ODER WAS (gibt der Junge dem Mann)? -> DEN Käse -> Accusative