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Dative Articles and Theory


I. Theory

The dative case is used to show the indirect object of the sentence. In English, indirect objects are usually separated from the verb acting on them by a preposition ‘I wrote to her’. The indirect object can also show to whom or for whom the verb is acting:
I gave the notes (direct) to you (indirect).

He bought you (indirect) this gift (direct).

In German, this case is shown through article declensions unlike in English where only prepositions or context are used to show the indirect object.

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