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Postby Aurelia » Fri Aug 20, 2004 11:55 pm

Why doesn't Greek have an ablative case? This is going to be quite a challenge indeed, learning this language. :?
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Postby benissimus » Sat Aug 21, 2004 12:29 am

It got eaten by the genitive ;)
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Postby xanthos64 » Sat Aug 21, 2004 12:30 am

Hi Aurelia

It used to have an ablative case but the functions of the ablative were at some point in time assumed by the dative, genitive, and accusative.

Just think of it as one less form to learn!
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Postby Aurelia » Sat Aug 21, 2004 12:36 am

It got eaten by the genitive

awww poor ablative. I wonder how it tasted...

Well, I have one less case to worry about but now I have to learn the dual forms and the definite articles. :wink:
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Postby Titus Marius Crispus » Sat Aug 21, 2004 1:42 am

I like the case system a lot better than Latin's, but the having to learn 6 principle parts for each verb is going to bother me.
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Postby Aurelia » Sat Aug 21, 2004 1:56 am

lol, I'm going to commit suicide by way of learning Greek! Hehe, not really. :P It's my own choice, I shouldn't be complaining about it. :lol:
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Postby klewlis » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:18 am

you will learn to love the definite articles. they are extremely helpful. and really, there are only 24 forms to learn and then you're set. :)
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