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Comarative adjective question

Postby Boban » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:12 pm

I know that beside comparative adjective must be used noun in:
1) ablative without preposition
2) with preposition quam and nominative or accusative

I have few questions:
a) when to use 1) or 2) ?
b) if used 2), when to use nominative or accusative?
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Postby MiguelM » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:59 pm

a) Stylistic option, I suppose. Simple ablative seems to me quite lighter than a more verbose quam + case of the antecedent.

b) I don't think it's either nominative or accusative. Instead, the case of the antecedent (which, surely, is more often than not one of those). Puer palá minore quam sole ludit. The boy plays with a ball smaller than the Sun.

PS: Refer to Allen 407 (page 265 in the .pdf), for a more accurate and detailed explanation.
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