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What Is the Accusative Case? (with Examples)The accusative case's main function is to show the direct object of a verb.
You can find the direct object by finding the verb and asking "what?" (or "whom?"). For example:
Most people encounter the term accusative case when studying a language other than English (e.g., German or Russian).
Examples of the Accusative CaseHere are some examples of the accusative case with an explanation of how to find the direct object:
- Mark saw the rat. Step 1. Find the verb = "saw"
- Lee found him in the garden. Step 1. Find the verb = "found"
Step 2. Ask "What?" = "the rat"
Therefore, the direct object is the rat. The words the rat are in the accusative case. In English, nouns do not change in the accusative case. However, some pronouns do.
Step 2. Ask "What?" = "him"
Therefore, the direct object is him. The pronoun him is in the accusative case. You cannot use he. You must use him.
More Examples of the Accusative CaseHere are more examples of direct objects. In the examples below, all the shaded words are in the accusative case:
- I like apples.
- President Theodore Roosevelt had a pet hyena.
- Blue whales eat half a million calories in one mouthful.
- Most Disney characters wear gloves to keep animation simple.
- I like him. (The word he changes to him.)
- I like them. (The word they changes to them.)
- I like it. (The word it does not change.)
|Subjective Case||Accusative Case|
|he / she / it||him / her / it|
Prepositions Can Take the Accusative CaseWhen studying other languages, you might also encounter a list of prepositions that take the accusative case. For example, in German, the following take the accusative case:
|German Prepositions That Take the Accusative Case|
|bis (up to)|
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