I. TheoryIn German, most verbs take either a direct (accusative) object or an indirect (dative) object. There are however, a handful of verbs that take a genitive object. It should be noted that verbs that take genitive objects are considered to be very formal and used only in the written language. Furthermore, the genitive only remains with these verbs in certain expressions (see * examples below).
II. Review of Genitive DeclensionsTo recap: the genitive is typically used to express possession or ownership. A more detailed overview of the genitive case is discussed in another lesson.
Below, we see a chart of genitive declensions: