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 post
positions instead of prepositions), although - as far as I know - they use postpositions also after personal pronouns.