"Ich spreche nicht mit meinem Vater."

Translation:I do not speak with my father.

April 14, 2013

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Duo, were you up late watching soap operas again?


sometimes i am worried about you, Duo


Dative, accusative... i cant use them well in a sentence yet, how could i know how to use them??


How my teacher taught the cases were with questions. His example sentence was always "He throws me the ball."
For nominative, "who or what is 'verb'ing?", and the answer to this question will be the subject, in the nominative case. For the example sentence, the answer is "He" because "he" is throwing the ball to me. For accusative, "Who or what is being 'verb'ed?" the answer for this question will be the direct object, the accusative case. For the example, the answer is "the ball" because "the ball" is being thrown by "he."
For dative, "to whom or for whom is the direct object being 'verb'ed?" and the answer for this question will be the indirect object in the dative case. For the example "me" is the indirect object because "the marker" is being thrown to "me."
Of course, these questions do not apply if the noun is preceded by an accusative (gegen, ohne, um, bis, für, entlang, durch) or a dative preposition (aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, von, seit, zu) which will put them into their respective cases.


I'm a little overwhelmed by this post. How are we expected to pick this up if there's no explicit explanation?


To be honest. From what I've learned. Just go with it. Eventually on everything you get an aha moment and it clicks into place a few lessons in. That's what I've been learning


I love that reply. That is true. I have experienced that myself and I have to remember that.


I hate these long posts with tons of english 101 terms that we all forgot. Ill try to be simple.

The dog plays.

Der Hund spielt

The dog plays with me

Der Hund spielt mit mir.

The dog is the center of focus and deserves the das der or die.

“me“ is an afterthought and deserves the mir, or meinem whatever is taught in this section.

Hope that helps.


that makes it more simply put than the former exp. ive been learning slowly, painfully much to the dismay of my new german partner. but this is cool and thanks everyone for the tips :)


You win! Thanks much for this.


Amazingly lucid explanation. I hope you thanked your teacher, because he's smart :)



Excellent post


Nice explanation


Excellent explanation, danke, gracias and thanks~~


Good explanation


The things you hear about direct / indirect objects apply to an extent, but there are also some prepositions that are used with accusative, so in general, you just have to learn which prepositions are used with which case (which is made easier by the way these skills seem to be organized).

Of course, there are also prepositions which are used with both the dative and the accusative - as far as I know, the difference is then in whether you want to describe: - movement to a location ("I'm climbing onto the roof") - accusative - static position in a location ("I'm standing on the roof") - dative


I just got this four times in one exercise. Is Duolingo trying to tell me something?


What is the difference between meinem meinen and meiner??????


In the dative case, meinem goes before masculine or neuter singular nouns, meiner goes before feminine singular nouns, and meinen goes before plural nouns.


What about in the accusative?


Accusative: Masc. Sing: "meinen" Fem. Sing: "meine" Neuter Sing.: "mein" Plural: "meine"

The nominative is the same as the accusative except the masculine singular is "mein" (just like in the neuter)

Genitive (for possession): Masc. Sing: "meines" Fem. Sing: "meiner" Neuter Sing.: "meines" Plural: "meiner"


"My" is expressing possession. So shouldn't it always be in the Genitive case? Please let me know what I'm missing here. Thanks.


So to apply this in a complex sentence? His (gen fem?) young (nom fem?) mother threw the red (nom masc?) balls to my brown (dat masc?) dog's twin (gen neu?) puppies. ???


this is the best explanation so far. Thank you


There is basically no difference. It is so stupid! (>_<) why can't they just stick with one word?


Even though I thought the answer was "meinem" (Dative), I listened to the narrator over and over and - as others have commented below - was convinced she was saying "meinen". :-(


Same with me, I listed on slow over & over, definitely said "meinen"!


Using the slow playback distorts the speech, which can be very deceptive, causing problems such as hearing meinen instead of meinem. A native German speaker confirmed the distortion thing to me, and said to be careful when using slow playback because it can cause problems for non-native speakers.


So, I am a little confused here. It is not about dative or accusative, it is about this "nicht". As far as I understood if I want to negate the whole sentence I am putting this "nicht" at the end of it, right? So, in this case, the sentence is finished, there is not anything more to say - I am not speaking with my father, it doesn't stand that I'm not speaking with him but I'm speaking with someone else, or something like that. So, if anyone could explain a little bit more, I wold be grateful...

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    Right in the feels


    Is the following sentence correct? "Ich spreche mit meinem Vater nicht."


    Learning foreign language is always tough for some. I myself learn it through the hard way without knowledge of proper and poor in grammers! Repeatative of word and construction of sentences make us remember better even though in very slow pace!


    I am always confuse on when to use Mein, meinem, meiner etc.. can someone please help me out?


    awww such an awful thing to say :'(


    Why not "Ich spreche nicht mit mein Vater"?


    When should I use mein/meine/meinen/meiner/meinem?


    I thought Meinem was plural? I can't connect how it fits here.

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      Singular Dative, action towards. So "I don't speak with" (I don't say anything to) = "Ich spreche nichts mit meinem Vater".

      [deactivated user]

        does this mean the same as "I do not talk to my father"? Or does this mean "I do not speak alongside/together with my father"?

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