At 10:15 17-05-99 -0400, Michael Brady wrote:
>To be a pedant-o-phile: there is no accusative case in English--that's
>Latin and Greek, and English has little Latin and less Greek, regardless
>the classicists tried to find a century ago.
>A pronoun after a proposition is said to be in the objective case, as it is
>after a transitive verb. Only English pronouns exhibit syntactic case, and
>pronouns only exhibit the nominative and objective cases. English morphology
>only shows number in nouns and verbs, tense in verbs, comparison in
>and adverbs, genitive case in nouns and pronouns, and nominative and
>case in pronouns.
Well, I would describe "him", "her", and "them" as accusative. In my view a
noun or pronoun doesn't to have a distinct form to be in a particular case.
But this argument tends to generate more heat than light.
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