jgcooper wrote:oh, alright, so is the use [to your knowledge] always and only with esse?
could you think of any particular reason why in that sentence for example ["quid nomen tibi est"] is used the dative, instead of the genitive?
so it is assisted by ESSE, perhaps it is used only with certain nouns or something, haha.
by the way, what would you think the use would be in
"quo tempore exis tibi uestes?"
would tibi be used as [lit] "when do you leave your clothes?", possessive; or perhaps it'd be just dative as in "when do you get yourself out of your clothes?"
i hopes this makes any sense,
just digging into this matter.
thesaurus wrote:sometimes it's used for what I'm guessing are mostly metrical reasons (when there is no "esse").
thesaurus wrote:It's especially used with human relationships (filius mihi est) and parts of the body (pedes mihi sunt).
thesaurus wrote:I suppose there are deep Indo-European syntax reasons underlying it