Verbs That Take The Genitive Case In German
  • These are most frequently encountered in formal written German.

jds./etw (gen.) bedürfen - to need/require sb./sth. [alternatively, jdn./etw brauchen]

etw. ermangeln - to lack sth.

jds./etw (gen.) gedenken - to commemorate sth.

jds./etw (gen.) harren - to wait for sb./sth. [alternatively, auf jdn./etw warten]

jds./etw (gen.) spotten - to scorn, dismiss sth.

reflexive verbs

sich jds./etw (gen.) annehmen - to look after sb./to take care of sth. [alternatively, sich um jdn. kümmern]

sich etw (gen.) bedienen - to make use of sth.

sich etw (gen.) bemächtigen - to take hold of sb./sth.

sich jds./etw (gen.) entsinnen - to remember sth. [alternatively, sich an jdn./etw entsinnen]

sich jds./etw (gen.) erfreuen - to enjoy sth./to take pleasure in sth. [alternatively, etw genießen]

sich jds./etw (gen.) erinnern - to remember sb./sth. [alternatively, sich an jdn./etw erinnern]

sich etw (gen.) rühmen - to boast about sth., to pride oneself on sth.

sich jds./etw (gen.) schämen - to be ashamed of sb./sth.

sich jds./etw (gen.) versichern - to make sure of sth.

sich jds./etw (gen.) vergewissern - to ascertain sth./to make sure of sh.

verbs that take a genitive and an accusative object

jdn. etw (gen.) anklagen - to accuse sb. of sth.

jdn. etw (gen.) berauben - to rob sb. of sth. [alternatively, jdm. etw rauben]

jdn. etw (gen.) versichern - to assure sb. of sth.

jdn. etw (gen.) verdächtigen - to suspect sb. of sth.

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