German 23 - The accusative case

In the German language there are four cases: nominative, genitive, dative and accusative. In this lesson we'll go deeper into the accusative case.

The accusative case is used for the direct object in a sentence. The direct object is "acted upon" by the subject of the sentence. For example in the sentence Thomas eats a banana, the subject is Thomas and the direct object is a banana.

Luckily, the form of the accusative case is much simpler than the genetive case. As you can see in the table below, only the masculine form differs from the nominative case.

MasculineDie Frau ißt den Apfel.
The woman eats the apple.
Die Frau ißt einen Apfel.
The woman eats an apple.
FeminineDer Mann ißt die Banane.
The man eats the banana.
Der Mann ißt eine Banane.
The man eats a banana.
NeuterDer Hund beißt das Kind.
The dog bites the child.
Der Hund beißt ein Kind.
The dog bites a child.
PluralDie Frau ißt die Äpfel.
The woman eats the apples.