Dative Articles

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Introduction

Einführung

The dative articles are the equivalents of “the” and “a” when used with indirect objects and dative prepositions.

Indirect objects are the people, places and things in a phrase that receive the consequence of the action. For instance, in the sentence “she passes him the ball”, “him” is indirect object because “she” (the subject) acts upon “the ball” (the direct object) but does not directly affect “him”.

Like the German articles in other cases, dative articles also change depending on gender and number.
MasculineNeuterFeminine
Definite Singular
Play dem
the dative the dative
Play der
the dative
Plural
Play den
the dative
Indefinite Singular
Play einem
a dative a dative
Play einer
a dative

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