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ablative case (s) (noun), ablative cases (pl)
A grammatical case used in some languages to indicate movement away from something, removal of, separation from, or source of: The ablative case corresponds roughly to the English prepositions "from", "away from", and "concerning".
Raymond's sister had to memorize lists of ablative cases when she was studying a foreign language at school.
All of the ablative cases which the author used made the story interesting but a bit convoluted.
Examples of Grammatical Cases
Nouns and pronouns can be subjects, objects, or possessives and many pronouns and a few nouns show these various uses:
- Nominative Cases: I, we, him, she, it, who
- Objective Cases: me, us, him, them, her, whom
- Possessives: our, my, mine, their, theirs, his, its
The nominative case shows that the noun or pronoun is being used as the subject of the verb: "The students learned about subjects in the English class and they usually know that verbs show what the subjects are doing."
The objective case indicates that the noun or pronoun is functioning as:
- Object of the verb: "Jessica's complimentary remarks about Mike's work made him feel good."
- Object of a preposition: "Everyone went home after the meeting except Phil.
This entry is located in the following unit: a-, ab-, abs- (page 4)