Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

Introduction: How important is the use of the ‘dativ’ in German to understanding certain sentences? Is it not better to be clear about this? What are some examples of when/where the ‘dativ’ would change meaning? What distinction can you make with between ‘dem’ and ‘dem Genitiv’?

I first became interested in the ‘dativ’ in German when I was confronted with a sentence like: ‘Ich muss mein Handy mit den Büchern.’ This sentence means, literally, so what? I thought, what is that you’re saying. The students around me were not able to tell me directly that this means ‘the handphone is to the books. Therefore I moved on to a more explicit sentence: ‘Ich will meine Bücher mit meinem Handy.’ This means, so what? And the students around me looked at me with confused faces. What’s up? So I thought it was time to go to the internet and get some answers.
From Wikipedia: “Dativ, in many cases can be translated as ‘to/for/of’ (English words), depending on the context.”
I found that meaning of the dativ to be very useful, but I was still not able to understand why a sentence like ‘ich habe mein Handy mit den Büchern’ is a valid sentence. So I watched some YouTube clips about the Dativ and about the “Accusative”.
Here’s a YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK6ecxzRA1U , which explains (with some difficulty) why the sentence ‘ich habe mein Handy mit den Büchern’ is valid, despite of it containing a preposition(!) AND a accusative.

der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett
der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett

Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod Hörbuch komplett angesagt

I found that in the above sentence, the ‘dativ’ and ‘genitiv’ were respectively the book and phone, the things which were wanting something. Therefore I moved on to another sentence with a ‘dativ/genitiv’: ‘Ich fahre mit meinem Auto durch die Stadt.’ In this sentence, the ‘dativ’ was standing for my car. And then it hit me, honestly spoke: what is the difference between the ‘dem’ and ‘dem genitiv’? Is it really necessary to have three articles in German? I thought that maybe it’s just not very important in sentence structure, but then I read a little more and found that actually the genitive article is used a lot in German and is somehow important when using verbs, so today I will tell you about it.
The Genitive case is basically a possessive case, meaning you are showing possession. For example, the ‘dativ’ was my car (I possess it), the ‘genitiv’ was my car’s (it possesses something; being in this case the independent pronoun ‘mir’, meaning me). You can say that they are a kind of nouns standing for possession.
There are indeed other ways to show possession, but using the Genitive case is the most Germanic way to do it (and similar to English).

der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett
der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett

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A pointed index to the Markov’s blog (2013). This is a good way to search for content of interest, but keep in mind that there might be duplicate content. I also found this link: Abstracts from Review Papers on a large collection of linguistics papers published by the Journal of Sociolinguistics . I think it’s more geared towards understanding what are interesting papers rather than reading them.
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der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett
der dativ ist dem genitiv sein tod hörbuch komplett