|LearnPlus German Grammar Guide|
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For speakers of languages that do not have cases, it may be hard to understand
how the cases work in German. You can get easily confused, especially
if you try to learn all the cases at the same time. The best way to master
the cases is to focus on one case at the time and practice it until it
becomes natural to use it correctly. This is the effective method used
in the LearnPlus German courses.
The nominative case indicates the subject of a finite verb: the person or thing that is or does what the verb says is always expressed in the nominative case. This case is also used after the verb 'sein [to be]'.
Examples of nominative case:
The accusative case denotes the direct object of a transitive verb. This case is also used in many greetings and after some prepositions used with verbs that indicate movement in a certain direction.
Examples of accusative case:
The dative case indicates the indirect object of a transitive verb. This case is also used to express 'possession' and after some prepositions used with verbs that indicate 'rest' as opposed to movement.
Examples of dative case:
The genitive case is used to link words in the sentence. The main function of this case is to indicate 'possession'.
Examples of genitive case:
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