D.Domingos wrote:What I find interesting is that the German Noun Declension Paradigms (also for adjectives, pronouns) use a case order of Nominative -- Accusative -- Dative -- Genitive. In Greek and Latin the noun declensions use a case order of Nominative -- Genitive -- Dative -- Accusative -- Ablative (for Latin only) -- Vocative. I'm wondering if it is ok to make the German paradigms conform to the Latin and Greek in terms of the order of the cases? Is there a reason that the cases in the German declension are ordered differently or is it arbitrary?
I believe it's done according to the taste of the textbook or grammar author. I am studying Homeric Greek using Pharr's Homeric Greek
. He uses NGDAV or (NV)GDA in the singular, (NAV)(GD) in the dual, and (NV)GDA in the plural! I prefer and use NVAGD ordering, since 1) N, V, & A are the same in singulars and plurals of neuters, and in duals of all genders; 2) G & D are the same in duals of all genders; 3) N and V are sometimes the same; and 4) a common accentuation rule applies to G & D, but not N, V, or A. I find that this grouping of commonalities helps me in memorization.
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