Godmy wrote:Bear in mind please, that "e" is not an ablative, when the nominative is a neuter and ends on "al, ar, re, e," (animal, exemplar/exemplare/cochlear/altar/altare, mare, rete... and similar) where there would be a danger that accusative, nominative and ablative would all coincide.
In these cases the ablative is always 'ī' (and coincides only with dative). Therefore there is a difference between "in rēte [mittere aliquem]" and "in rēti [esse]"; "in mare [dēsilīre]" and "in marī [esse]"; "in interrēte [aliquid mittere]" and "in interrēti [invenīre aliquid]"; "altāre [accēdere]" and "in altāri [iacēre]"... it will be crucial for you later.
76. The regular form of the Ablative singular of i-stems would be -ī: as, sitis , sitī; but in most nouns this is changed to -e.
a. The ablative in -ī is found exclusively—
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In neuters in -e, -al, -ar: except baccar, iubar, rēte, and sometimes mare.
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