Indefinite articles in the dative case

These are the endings for the indefinite article (equivalent to “a” in English) in the dative case: Dativ

Article Example
masculine EINEM Ich helfe einem Mann I help a man
feminine EINER Ich helfe einer Frau I help a woman
neuter EINEM Ich helfe einem Kind I help a child
Plural - Ich helfe Gästen I help guests


  • In the plural there is no indefinite article.
  • Plural nouns that do not end in -s or -n have an -n added in the dative:

Ich helfe Tieren. (die Tiere)

I help animals (the animals)

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