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Why is "Dir" sometimes used in the Accusative?

davezimm

Hallo Leute,

I am confused as to why the phrase, "Can I help you" is Kann Ich Dir helfen?  and not Kann Ich Dich helfen?

Help!
 

sfpugh

The answer is that dir is always dative not accusative.
The verb helfen  takes the dative so in "Can I help you", the "you" has to be dative.
Here is a link about verbs that take the dative:
https://learngermanwithanja.com/the-30-most-important-dative-verbs-in-german/
 

Fred-C14

Oh Lord, another twist of the German language to wrap my poor adled brain around! 

RobertR34

Keine Sorgen, Fred. Alles wird bald klappen!

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