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Object Pronouns


I. Concept

Object pronouns are used to show which noun is the recipient of the verb’s action. Pronouns are used only when the noun they represent has been previously mentioned or is understood by context. German makes distinctions between the object pronoun and the subject pronoun in a similar way as English does.

Consider the following examples:

A: Hast du Anna gefragt?
B: Nein, Ich frage sie jetzt.
Did you ask (verb) Anna (object)?
No, I will ask her (object pronoun) now.

Here, we see where German and English differ; German has different subject and object pronouns, “du” and “dich”, whereas English uses “you” as both the subject and the object.

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