Prepositions cannot be used on their own, so when you use one of the accusative (or FUDGEBOW) prepositions, the definite article (the) that follows has to change to the accusative case like this:
Examples in use
Rewrite these sentences with the correct form of the definite article ‘the’ after the preposition. What do the sentences mean?
The words for ‘a’ and ‘not a’ (ein and kein) plus possessive adjectives (mein, dein, sein, ihr, sein, unser, euer, Ihr, ihr) change after FUDGEBOW prepositions like this:
Select the correct form of the word in brackets to use after the preposition in these sentences:
Draußen vor der Tür (literally: outside the door) is the title of a famous play by the author Wolfgang Borchert. The play depicts the hopeless situation of a former soldier, known only as Beckmann, who returns from war to find that he has lost his wife, his house, and subsequently his beliefs. He realises that every door is now closed to him.
As a teenager, Borchert rebelled against the Nazi regime, and as an adult, he was frequently arrested and tried for supposedly endangering the state by his comments, before being released and sent to fight again.
The illnesses and injuries he endured during this time led to his premature death at the age of 26, but Draußen vor der Tür has remained one of the most popular works of 20th-century German literature and is still read in schools today.