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


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


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

July 21, 2014

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

July 22, 2014

What even made you think of this

July 24, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

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

July 22, 2014


And helpful.

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

July 22, 2014

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

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

July 22, 2014

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

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

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

July 23, 2014

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

Oh!This might help.:)

July 22, 2014

That's awesome!

July 23, 2014

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

outside of

inside of

despite, in spite of

during, in the course of

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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