Prepositions used with the dative

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Prepositions used with the dative

The prepositions aus (from), bei (at, with), von (from, by), seit (since), mit (with), nach (after) and zu (to) are always used with the dative.

Caroline frühstückt gerne bei ihrer Freundin Louise. Possessivartikel Dativ

Caroline likes to have breakfast at her friend Louise's place. (Note: bei is used here to mean "at the house of".)

Wir warten seit einer Stunde. Unbestimmter artikel

We have been waiting for an hour.

Magda holt den Wein aus dem Keller. Bestimmter Artikel

Magda fetches the wine from the cellar.

Reminder: You can merge the prepositions an (by), auf (on), bei (at, with), in (in), für (for), von (from), vor (in front of) and zu (to) with the associated definite article (das, dem or der - all meaning "the") to form a new word:

Anna und Caroline sehen sich beim Frühstück.

Anna and Caroline see each other at breakfast. (bei + dem = beim)

Dr. Meyer wartet am Pool.

Dr. Meyer is waiting at the pool. (an + dem = am)


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