Lesson 32: Dative Case

Learning our final noun function

The technical name for this is the Dative function, sometimes called the indirect object. It has the meaning of to or for (or from when its with regard to me). The word dative is actually derived from the verb "do, dare, dedi, datum = to give"

Forming the Dative function of the Noun

A. Block I Nouns and Adjectives (adjectives follow the nouns):

Block I Dative
Masculine & NeuterFeminine
SingularPluralSingularPlural
Ending:-o-is-ae-is
Noun:amicoamicispuellaepuellis
testimoniotestimonis
Adjective:meomeismeaemeis

B. Block II Nouns and Adjectives (adjectives follow the nouns):

Block II Dative
NounsAdjectives
SingularPluralSingularPlural
-i-ibus-i
-ibus
patri (m)patribusnobilinobilibusto noble fathers(s)
matri (f)matribusillustriillustribusfor illustrious mother(s)
corpi (n)corporibusvalentivalentibusfrom strong body(s)

N.B.

C. Dative Pronouns
SingularPlural
mihi (mi) - to menobis - to us
tibi - to youvobis - to ye
ei - to him,her,iteis (iis) - to them
cui - to whom (sing.)quibus - to whom (pl.)

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