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 lese das Buch.
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):
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