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The German Cases

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kdankesreiter
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Aug 30, 2016
Apr 3, 2018 at 11:38am

I have no idea how to understand the German cases. The way it is explained doesn't make much sense to me. I have taken German in High School and my teacher taught the same way Sonia does and nothing ever clicked. Just when I start understanding why a structure does this and why it is, it is suddenly skewed. My brain almost needs a rule of thumb to follow in order to understand. Does anyone have a way to remember how to tell between the cases that simply made more sense to them?

Hornsten
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May 9, 2014
Apr 4, 2018 at 7:03am

Not sure if this answer helps, but I think the problem with German cases is that there isn’t just one rule, there are many. First you have to know enough (English) grammar to understand terms such as subject (which requires the nominative case), direct object (accusative case) and indirect object (dative case). Then there are lots of rules about certain articles, verbs and structures that require a certain case in a certain situation. My advice is to avoid putting any stress on yourself in the beginning about being able to _produce_ the correct sentence, but instead be comfortable with making lots of mistakes and just aim to _understand_ why a certain answer was the correct one (using Google, grammar books or whatever method). This will gradually build up your Sprachgefühl and you'll make fewer and fewer mistakes. Good luck, and remember that slow but steady will win the race!

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