Learning yesterday about the existence of German single-object transitive verbs that take the dative case, rather than accusative, forced me to update my flashcards to add a note to these “exceptional” verbs.
There are apparently several things about German words that just have to be memorized:
- accusative or dative case (for its direct object)
- weak, irregular, or strong (for simple past tense and past participle)
- masculine, feminine, or neuter gender
- plural form
- genitive form
I’m sure there are more things that need to be memorized, but I haven’t been exposed to them yet.