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Lesson 4: The family and around the house

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Practicing the use of the accusative

Since it is important for the use of the accusative to know, whether a noun phrase is the subject or the direct object of the sentence, we will now among other things practice recognizing these two grammatical elements correctly.

Exercise
Can you tell, whether the phrases highlighted in blue are the subject or the direct object of the following sentences (English and German examples)?

Example:
Der Sohn mäht den Rasen.
subject

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1) The farmer milks the cow.
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2) Du kochst das Essen.
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3) Herr Mayer repariert das Fahrrad.
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4) My mom makes the bed.
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Exercise
Fill in the right article into the gaps in the text below. Thereby, think of all the rules for the use of the accusative case in German.

Example:
___
Mutter kocht
___
Essen.
Die
Mutter kocht
das
Essen.


1) Jens streicht
___
Decke.
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2) Heribert repariert
___
Fahrrad.
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3) Sven mäht
___
Rasen.
?

4) Marlene putzt
___
Wohnung.
?

5) Hans deckt
___
Tisch.
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6) Margret pflegt
___
Garten.
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Exercise
Form full sentences in German by following the given cues and looking at the pictures. Thereby, think about which parts of the sentence are the direct object and which are the subject. Then use the accusative on the direct object accordingly.

Example:
I +
Ich mache die Wäsche.

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1) my mom +
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2) We +
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3) Mr. Köhler +
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4) Mrs. Köhler +
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5) Gabi +
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6) you (sing.) +
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7) your dad repairs the TV (difficult!)
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