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Grammar tip III – Cases

June 18, 2015

Cases help break down a sentence into manageable parts. The moment you see the whole as a sum of smaller parts, it breaks the tedium of work. You don’t pile up all the meaning together to grasp what you are reading or render what you’re writing. That means the love of reading and writing is now more accessible. That could translate into beginning to read, and gradually being able to process more and more with less and less exhaustion. Likewise with writing.

Nominative, accusative, dative and vocative are typically words/cases we hear of while learning a language. Of these, nominative can take the confusion off deciding which personal pronoun to use. E.g. ‘Rob and I went to the store.’ as right against the wrong construction ‘Rob and me went to the store.’ Again, ‘Rob and who went to the store’ as right against, ‘Rob and whom went to the store.’ Accusative and dative likewise help spot the right pronoun. Mentally sorting direct and indirect objects as units makes it that many sections less heavy to deal with. Spotting the vocative makes you jump with a comma when you write and take a good breath when you read.

Add in these little details to make reading/interpretation (and the inseparable bonus of writing) really really fun!

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