Definition of dative in English:
(In Latin, Greek, German, and other languages) denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, and words in grammatical agreement with them, indicating an indirect object or recipient.
- The Greek preposition had several meanings, depending on whether it governed the accusative, genitive, or dative case.
- Sick's latest book is Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod, which features complaints about sporadic failures to use dative case marking according to traditional (?) principles.
- A mantra is a kind of prayer that contains the name of God that is inflected grammatically in the dative case.
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1A noun or other word of the dative case.
- The particular example of ‘word rage’ that Bob cited involves one of these missing datives.
- Classical Mongolian had seven cases, all clearly distinguished, in contrast to Latin: nominative, accusative, dative, genitive, ablative, instrumental, and comitative.
- ‘Das Ereignis ‘and ‘die Kehre im Ereignis ‘were only two in a long line of titles for what must always already be the case if givenness and its dative are to come together at all.’
1.1 (the dative) The dative case.
- It is the quintessential use of the dative case, the dative of means, grammatically speaking.
- The dative is used to designate an addressee (recipient). The dative is also used to show an object towards which an action is directed.
- The first and most common use of the dative is as an indirect object.
late Middle English: from Latin (casus) dativus '(case) of giving', from dat- 'given', from the verb dare.
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