Most people will encounter the term accusative case when studying a language other than English.
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?"
Step 2. Ask "What?" = "the cat"
Therefore, the direct object is the cat. The words the cat are in the accusative case. Luckily for us, the vast majority of words do not change their forms in the accusative case. Some words do though, especially pronouns.
Step 2. Ask "What?" = "him"
Therefore, the direct object is him. The pronoun him is in the accusative case. It has changed from he to him.
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Prepositions Can Take the Accusative CaseWhen studying other languages, you might also encounter a list of prepositions which take the accusative case. For example, in the German, the following take the accusative case: bis, durch, entland, fÜr, gegen, ohne, and um.
In English, prepositions take the objective case. That's why we say with him (and not with he) and for whom (and not for who). In these two examples, the words him and whom are known as the object of a preposition.
What is the direct object?
What is the indirect object?
What is the objective case?
What is the nominative case?
What is the dative case?
What are pronouns?
What are verbs?
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