Prepositions that take the accusative

The prepositions gegen (against), um (around), für (for), ohne (without) and durch (through) always take the accusative. Akkusativ

Wir fahren um den See. Bestimmter Artikel

We are driving around the lake.

Der Wein ist für dich. Personalpronomen

The wine is for you.

Ohne mein Kissen kann ich nicht schlafen. Possessivartikel Akkusativ

I can't sleep without my cushion.


  • The masculine singular article is the only one that changes in the accusative: der → den, ein → einen.

Ein Tunnel durch den Kanal. (der Kanal)

A tunnel through the channel.

  • Für (for), durch (through) and um (around) can be merged with the neuter article das (the) fürs, durchs, ums.

durch das Zentrum → durchs Zentrum

through the center

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