Languages › German These Prepositions Take the Genitive Case in German Check Out Our Chart Featuring Common Genitive Prepositions Share Flipboard Email Print Gary Waters / Getty Images German Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary By Michael Schmitz German Language Expert M.A., German as a Foreign Language, Technical University of Berlin M.A., Turkology Humanities, Freie Universität of Berlin Michael Schmitz is the author of How to Learn German Faster and the creator of smarterGerman, an online language learning program. our editorial process Michael Schmitz Updated February 27, 2020 A few German prepositions are governed by the genitive case. That is, they take an object in the genitive case. There are only a few common genitive prepositions in German, including: (an)statt (instead of), außerhalb/innerhalb (outside/inside of), trotz (in spite of), während (during) and wegen (because of). Notice that most of the time the genitive prepositions can be translated with "of" in English. Even während can be rendered as "in the course of," as well as "during." Other genitive prepositions include: angesichts (in view of), beiderseits (on both sides of), diesseits (this side of), jenseits (on the other side of) and laut (according to). The genitive prepositions are often used with the dative in spoken German, particularly in certain regions. If you want to blend in with the local speakers and not sound too stuffy, you can use them in the dative also, but purists will want to learn the genitive forms. Examples of Genitive Prepositions In the German-English examples below, the genitive preposition is bolded. The object of the preposition is italicized. Während der Woche arbeiten wir. | During the week we work.Trotz des Wetters fahren wir heute nach Hause. | In spite of the weather, we're driving home today. Common Genitive Prepositions Here is a chart featuring common genitive prepositions. Deutsch Englisch anstattstatt instead of außerhalb outside of innerhalb inside of trotz despite, in spite of während during, in the course of wegen because of Note: The genitive prepositions listed above are often used with the dative in spoken German, particularly in certain regions. Examples: trotz dem Wetter: in spite of the weatherwährend der Woche: during the week (same as genitive)wegen den Kosten: because of the costs How Do You Use Dative Prepositions in German? What Are the Four Noun Cases of German? The Common German Verbs Always Take the Dative Case What German Learners Need to Know About the Genitive Case Is There Action? Then There's Probably Accusative How to Say the Months, Dates, Seasons, and Days in German An Introduction to German Prepositions These Are the Top German Words in Speaking and Writing Learning the Concept of Give and Take in German Learning the German Parts of the Body Using the Dative Reflexive How Do You Use Dual Prepositions in German? What Are Separable Prefixes in German? Common Prepositional Pitfalls in German (and How to Avoid Them) How to Use the Passive Voice in German The Simple Past in German The Meaning and Common Uses of the German Preposition "Bei"