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There are many German verbs that always come with a certain preposition. In these cases the preposition determines which grammar case is needed - either Dative or Accusative.

Here we will give you an overlook of verbs with prepositions ordered after which case they demand

German verbs with prepositions in Dative

These are the verbs that come with prepositions that demand the dative case

Verb + PrepositionTranslation

Example with Dative

Example translation
Abhängen vonTo depend onDas hängt von der Zeit ab.That depends on the time
Anfangen mitTo begin withEr fängt mit dem Lernen an.He begins to study
Aufhören mitTo stop withIch höre mit dem Rauchen auf.I will stop with smoking
Sich beschäftigen mitTo occupy yourself with sth.Er beschäftigt sich mit den Kindern.He keeps himself occupied with the children
Bestehen ausTo consist of sth.Es besteht aus frischen Zutaten.It consists of fresh ingredients
Gehören zuTo belong to Er gehört zu dem berüchtigten Trio.He belongs to the notorious trio
Suchen nachTo look forSie suchen nach dem versunkenen Schatz.They look for the sunken tressure
Tanzen mitTo dance withEr tanzt mit seiner Freundin.He's dancing with his girlfriend
Teilnehmen anTo participate inEr nimmt an dem Fest teil.He participates in the festival
Tendieren zuTo be inclined to Ich tendiere zu der ersten Antwort.I'm inclined to take the first answer
Sich unterhalten mitTo talk withSie unterhalten sich mit dem neuen Nachbarn.They talk with their new neighbours
Sich verabschieden vonTo say goodbye toIch verabschiede mich von meinen Freunden.I say goodbye to my friends

German verbs with prepositions in accusative

These are the verbs that come with prepositions that demand the accusative case

PrepositionsTranslation

Example with Accusative

Example translation
Achten aufTo mind sth.Achte auf den Verkehr!Mind the traffic!
Anpassen anTo adapt to Ich passe mich an die Umstände an.I adapt to the circumstances
Sich ärgern überTo be uspet about Ich ärgere mich über die Verspätung.I'm upset about the delay
Aufpassen aufTo take care ofEr passt auf seinen kleinen Bruder auf.He's taking care of his little brother
Beitragen zuTo contribute toSie trägt nichts zu der Diskussion bei.She doesn't contribute to the discussion
Eingehen aufTo go into sth.Er geht auf den Kommentar ein.He goes into that comment
Sich entschuldigen fürTo apologize forDu musst dich für die Aussage nicht entschuldigen.You don't need to apologize for that statement
Sich freuen überTo be happy aboutIch freue mich über dein Geschenk.I'm happy about your present
Glauben anTo believe inIch glaube an deinen Erfolg.I believe in your success
Sich interessieren fürTo be interested inIch interessiere mich für seine Musik.I'm interested in his music
Verzichten aufTo not have sth.Sie verzichtet heute auf den Nachtisch.I will not have desert today
Sich vorbereiten aufTo prepare forEr muss sich auf den Test vorbereiten.He needs to prepare himself for the test
Warten aufTo wait forIch warte auf dich.I'm waiting for you

 


Exercises

  1. Exercise of German Verbs with prepositions
  2. Exercise: Fill in the correct German preposition

Exercise of German Verbs with prepositions


Exercise: Fill in the correct German preposition


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