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How do you decline scapegoat?

In German one declines scapegoat so:

The declination of scapegoat in the singular

Nominative singularthe scapegoat
Genitive singularthe scapegoat
Dative singularthe scapegoat
Accusative singularthe scapegoat

The declination of Scapegoats in plural

Nominative pluralthe scapegoats
Genitive pluralthe scapegoats
Dative pluralthe scapegoats
Accusative pluralthe scapegoats

Information on nominative, genitive, dative and accusative

It is not enough to be able to decline correctly. Of course, you also need to know when to use which case in a sentence. Therefore, here you will find some information about the four cases in German:

The scapegoat: How does the nominative work?

The nominative works very simply: Whenever you need a word in the nominative - so whenever the word that subject of the sentence is -, you just use the basic form, e.g. B. scapegoat. At least that's true for all singular words. If you talk about several people or things, you need the nominative plural (the scapegoat -> the scapegoats). This is sometimes formed irregularly. The best thing to do is to learn about the word. After this subject one sentence you ask with "who or what”. It is also important that this is not always the case subject At the beginning of the sentence. Here are some examples:

1st subject at the beginning of the sentence: The scapegoat is often ...
2nd question: What's the name of "The scapegoat"? – "The Scapegoat" called ...
3rd subject in the middle of the sentence: For the scapegoat has become Herr Schmidt always interested.

The scapegoat, the scapegoats:

The genitive is not used very often in German. That is probably a good thing: it is precisely the case in which even native speakers make a particularly large number of mistakes. But that is often not that bad. Because in everyday language, Germans often use a dative construction instead of the genitive, namely from the scapegoat and not the genitive form the scapegoat. For the written language, however, it is still important to know the genitive! This dative construction often does not fit so well here.
You use the genitive when you want to say what a thing belongs to or who is its owner. The question word for the genitive is whose. So you say, for example:

Whose is that?
This is ... the scapegoat

You also need the genitive for some prepositions. After these you use scapegoat always in the genitive. These prepositions are for example: in the face of the scapegoat, instead of the scapegoat or because of the scapegoat.
When Germans speak, you won't hear these forms that often (by the way, Germans sometimes use them incorrectly with the dative). The prepositions with genitive are more important for the written language than for the spoken language.
Certain verbs then need a special case for the object. Verbs that need a genitive object exist in German - but they are rare. They are sometimes used in written texts. In everyday conversation, however, these verbs are rarely heard. This is why Germans make mistakes more often with genitive objects (they usually use the dative). Here are a few examples of verbs with a genitive object: help yourself (= use), ... remember (= think of), to suspect someone (= suspect that someone did something bad).

The scapegoat, the scapegoats: This is how the dative works.

The dative is used - for example: the scapegoat - to show who is the recipient / addressee or target when talking about an action. That question words are whom or What. After these verbs you use an indirect dative object in German: write, bring, offer, explain, recommend, give, lend, wish, send, give, show ...
With certain prepositions you always have to use the dative, e.g. B. From the scapegoat, with the scapegoats, by the scapegoat.

The scapegoat, the scapegoats: When do you use the accusative?

In the accusative - the scapegoat - is the direct object, the object of doing. The appropriate question is who or what?.

Who or what am I ignoring?
I ignore the scapegoat.

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