Verbs which take the accusative in German

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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 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):

Nominativ Akkusativ
maskulin en
feminin e e
Plural e e

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