Prepositions 2: Datives on the Danube

For over a week now you’ve been busy learning your accusative prepositions: bis, durch, entlang, für, gegen, ohne, um. You’ve done so well that you’ve even come up with your own mantras, rhymes, and even songs. Congratulations, you’re on your way.

As I hinted at last week and as you’ve surely already encountered there are other prepositions that change things a great deal more than the accusative prepositions — the dative prepositions.

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  1. Hello,

    I suppose the second and fourth columns in the table should be titled Dative and not Accusative.

    (btw thank for thsi blog, it’s really interesting)

    1. Thanks for the fast feedback and catching that. 100% correct. Changed. Dank schön!

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