Object in the dative case, usually a noun, a noun phrase or a pronoun in the dative. The dative object answers the question "wem oder was?" E.g. "Der Lehrer hilft den Schülern" - "Wem oder was hilft der Lehrer?" - "den Schülern" is the dative object. Dative objects are governed by a verb or - less frequently - by an adjective.