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Datative case?

Postby DARKastheRAIN » Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:16 am

If you were translating a sentence like: "The boy said to the girl, 'I want to get some ice cream'" would you use the datative case for "to the girl"? or would you say it another way?
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Re: Datative case?

Postby annis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:49 pm

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Postby DARKastheRAIN » Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:02 am

so would using the datative case be common in most languages with datative cases?
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Postby Lucus Eques » Wed Jun 25, 2008 1:46 am

DARKastheRAIN wrote:so would using the datative case be common in most languages with datative cases?


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Postby DARKastheRAIN » Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:26 am

Lucus Eques wrote:**dative


Yeah, that one ;)
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Postby annis » Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:34 pm

DARKastheRAIN wrote:so would using the dative case be common in most languages with dative cases?


I would think so, but I'm not prepared to say "yes" with 100% certainty.
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Postby mjs » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:22 pm

DARKastheRAIN wrote:so would using the dative case be common in most languages with dative cases?


It so happens that my mother tongue (Polish) has the dative case, and yes, it is common to simply use words in dative, without any preposition. However, when one wants to emphasize to whom something is given etc., one uses an appropriate preposition plus - oddly enough - the genitive case. :) But I think that, when a personal pronoun is used, we always use dative with no preposition.

Interestingly, in Turkish the situation is similar (the difference being that they have postpositions instead of prepositions), although - as far as I know - they use postpositions also after personal pronouns.
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