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"Die Kinder stellen die Teller auf den Tisch."

April 20, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

why not auf DEM Tisch if Tisch is masculine and den is the article for plurals which would be Tische?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexht

When the verbs are transitive (have to take a direct object), then the switching prepositions are accusative.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

using the preposition auf makes it dative though. I think it's a typo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-Herbstzeitlose-

No, this is correct. You can think of auf + dative as "on" and auf + accusative as "onto".

Die Teller sind auf dem Tisch - The plates are on the table


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

The last part of your sentence makes sense to me . . . I don't get the first part though. How would that part of the sentence in anyway become accusative?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pankow

If the verb refers to movement, then you use Akk: Ich stelle die Teller auf den Tisch. (you ask the question 'wohin'=where to)

If the verb indicates location, you use Dativ: Die Teller sind auf dem Tisch. (you ask the question 'wo'=where). (You also use Dativ when you refer to time: Sie kam in der Nacht.)

Sometimes it's tricky to tell which one you're dealing with, since movement always implies a location. Luckily the converse is not true.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhillipStanley

Thank you! I learned something. This is most helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chitresh_Chahar

another exception here...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adalove69

In German to put things, I use these verbs and see the context, and usually I don't wrong:

Akkusativ (Action) --- Dativ (Static)

gehören/bekommen --- sein

stellen --- stehen (vertical, a Lamp)

legen --- liegen (horizontal, a pen)

hängen and stecken (both, see context)

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