Accusative Case

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The grammatical case in English language is the mode of the sentence of the parts of a sentence which help us determine what part it is playing in that particular sentence. The grammatical case is divided into various sub cases which I have discussed in my other articles.

Today, in this article, I will talk about accusative case and how it is different from the rest of the grammatical cases.

Accusative Case

As you probably know, genitive and nominative cases had to do with the subject of the sentence; the accusative case is a little different.

Accusative case depicts the direct object that is referred to by the noun or pronoun in a sentence. In simple words, accusative case show the direct object represented by a noun or a pronoun.


I miss him.

In the above example, I is the subject and miss is the verb. The direct object is him which is also the accusative case of this sentence.

As a rule we know that in order to identify a direct object in a sentence, first identify the verb or action word of that sentence, and then ask the question what? or who? of the verb. The answer of this question will lead you to the direct object.

From the above example, we can easily identify the verb miss. If we ask miss who? The answer is he. Thus he becomes the direct object.  


The postman rang the doorbell twice.

In order to see if the case of the noun/pronoun is accusative in the above example you first will identify the verb. The clear verb or action happening in this sentence is rangRang what? Doorbell. Thus, doorbellis the noun existing as accusative case of English grammar in this sentence.