Verbs which take the accusative

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Verbs which take the accusative

Some verbs are used with the accusative, dative or both cases. The verb determines which case is used.

Ein Apfel: Ich esse + ein Apfel. Ich esse einen Apfel.

An apple: I eat + an apple I eat an apple.

The following verbs are used with the accusative:

brauchen (to need), haben (to have), kochen (to cook), mögen (to like), essen (to eat), trinken (to drink), kaufen (to buy), nehmen (to take), sehen (to see)

Ein Kaffee: Anna trinkt einen Kaffee.

A coffee: Anna drinks a coffee.

Das Buch: Ich habe das Buch gelesen.

The book: I have read the book.

Keine Wohnung: Wir kaufen keine Wohnung.

No apartment: We are not buying an apartment.

These are the endings in the accusative (the symbol ∅ indicates that no ending is added):

Nominativ Akkusativ
maskulin en
neutrum
feminin e e
Plural e e


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