Definition of partitive in English:
(Of a grammatical construction or case) referring to only a part of a whole, for example a slice of bacon, a series of accidents, some of the children.
- As a result, you need which in what is called the partitive construction, which makes the set to be picked from explicit: you say Which of these jackets is yours?
- Finnish partitive constructions exhibit a case alternation that is partly semantically, partly syntactically driven.
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1A partitive construction.
- Each readily lends itself to use in a partitive: each of the children, where the children limits the reference mass to an identifiable set of children.
- The interest in the partitive and the material we find in Herrick's poems on women's clothing and appurtenances finds a pictorial complement in the oeuvre of Hollar.
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