Thanks to Richard’s thought-provoking and memorable expositions of the ins and outs of German grammar, members of our improvers class now refer to ‘direct objects’ as ‘victims’ of the verb. Whenever we detect the presence of one of these victims we automatically put them into the accusative case.

When it comes to prepositions, such as ‘in’ which can take either accusative or dative case, depending on meaning and context, we talked about going in die Kneipe (accusative) as opposed to meeting our friends in der Kneipe (dative).

For Richard, inspiration struck again. ‘Motion towards’ and answering the question ‘wohin?’ as opposed to simply ‘wo?’ just doesn’t cut it with him. He had to get his satnav out!

So now we remember that ‘in’ takes the accusative, if we need a satnav to get there! Thank you, Richard!

But should we always follow our satnav? This blog has different advice.

Freitag, 23. Februar 2007

Navigationssysteme zwingen zu neuen Verkehrszeichen

In Exton (UK) wurden Schilder aufgestellt, den Anweisungen des Navis nicht zu folgen. Hintergrund: Die Ortsdurchfahrt ist so eng, dass Brummis regelmässig Probleme verursachen, weil sie nur ihren Navis vertrauen und nicht auf die Beschilderung achten.

Quelle: The Mail on Sunday


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