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Uses of the Genitive, Dative and Ablative Cases
Can you name the uses of the genitive, dative and ablative cases?
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Expresses possession or occasionally character, duty, or nature.
per vias clamoribus amulabat
Expresses the way or circumstances in which something was done.
Caesae a Bruto necatus est
Used after passive verbs (with a/ab) to indicate the person by whom something is done
Used as the direct object of some intransitive verbs.
erat feminis consilium
Indicates the person who possesses something.
vir pietate gravis
Limits or specifies the meaning of an adjective or verb.
Caesar locum proelio delegit
Indicates the intended purpose for which something is done.
Expresses the whole, of which a part is being considered.
Patris simillimus est
Adjectives like cupidus and memor can govern genitives.
togam centum sestertiis emi
Expresses the price paid for that which is bought or sold. It may be definite or indefinite (unlike the genitive of price).
Aeneas dea natus est
milites, oppida capienda sunt vobis
Indicates the person or thing by whose agency something is done. Especially with gerundive constructions.
odio sum Romanis
Indicates 'that which a thing serves for, or as'. Always singular, unqualifiable and often accompanied by a Dative of Advantage (here Romanis).
te accuso criminis
Verbs of condemning, acquitting, remembering, forgetting, want, fullness, valuing, buying, selling, and pitying all take a genitive object.
In oppido errant multi nautae
vir summa virtute
Saxis se defendunt
Indicates the instrument or means by hich something is done.
Summa celerite venit
Adjective + Verb. Indicates the manner in which something is done. Cum must be used without adjective or if the noun is not abstract.
Caesar Cassio regnare cupit
Indicates the person who is interested or involved in the action.
hoc nobis facimus
Indicates the person for whose advantage or disadvantage something is done.
Ea nocte Pompeius oppidum cepit
Libera nos metu
Used with verbs of depriving, lacking, freeing, ceasing, and preventing.
hoc oppidum clarius est omnibus aliis
Indicates the point of comparison after comparitive adjectives and adverbs (as opposed to using quam).
nuntius mihi somnium ademit
Used as the indirect object of the action of a transitive verb.
Describes the content or material of which something consists.
tu multo altior es
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