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How to remember the German accusative prepositions

A friend of mine gave me this little clue: sing the following list to the tune of the London Bridge is Falling Down. The list is arranged alphabetically, except for the last preposition:

durch, für, gegen, ohne, um ohne, um, ohne, um

durch, für, gegen, ohne, um bis, bis, bis

All of these prepositions are always followed by the accusative case.

July 21, 2014

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

Also you can take the first letter of each preposition and make this meaningless word

FUDGEBOW

für, um, durch, gegen, entlang, bis, ohne, wider

July 21, 2014

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

Wider and entlang take the genitive though (colloquially dative)…

July 22, 2014

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

What even made you think of this

July 24, 2014

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

This kind of hint is also useful. I just find that anything with music sticks in my head better! ;-)

July 25, 2014

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

I learned it in German class as OFUDGE. Like, when you're doing something wrong..."Oh, fudge!"

July 22, 2014

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

Cute!

And helpful.

But shouldn't the last line end "bis, bis wider"?

July 22, 2014

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

You are right! or maybe, "bis, entlang, wider!" Though I am not sure 'entlang' always follows with accusative. I have read that the Swiss sometimes use it with dative.'

July 22, 2014

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

If we include "entlang," the jingle might run better as "wider, bis, entlang." That fits the rhythm better, IMHO.

July 22, 2014

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

I learned it to the tune of Row, Row, Row, Your Boat: Bis, bis, durch, für, gegen, ohne, um, Bis, bis, durch, für, gegen ohne, um

For accusative: to the tune of Blue Danube: Aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu Aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu Aus, außer, bei, mit, nach, seit, von, zu Und vergessen Sie nicht gegenüber

For two-prepositions to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:
an, auf, hinter, vor, neben, über, unter, in, zwischen

July 22, 2014

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

Thanks, but I can't make " Bis, bis, durch, für, gegen, ohne, um, Bis, bis, durch, für, gegen ohne, um" fit the melody of "Row Row Row...."

July 23, 2014

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

Hm! I guess I'm singing 2 notes on "durch"

July 23, 2014

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

about "Entlang", It is possibly somewhat more common, however, to use entlang in combination with an + dat. with exactly the same meaning, e.g.

Sie gingen am Fluss entlang. They walked along the river.

July 24, 2014

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

Oh!This might help.:)

July 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davidngreer65

That's awesome!

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Robert31643

If you're looking for only those prepositions that require the accusative case, the best mnemonic I've found is -

DOGFUB: durch, ohne, gegen, für, um, bis.

As saschambaer says in this thread, "wider" and "entlang" require the genitive. The most common prepositions that require the genitive are:

anstatt (OR) statt
instead of

außerhalb
outside of

innerhalb
inside of

trotz
despite, in spite of

während
during, in the course of

wegen
because of

I made up this mnemonic for the genitive prepositions:

As as she put the baby down it WInnT WAA! All puns intended, you have to separate "entlang" and put it alongside this.

August 5, 2017
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