Grammatical Cases in English

Grammatical Cases in English

Introduction

Introduction

Cases describe the grammatical functions of nouns, pronouns and noun phrases, such as whether they are the subject of the clause or a subordinate object.

Nominative Case

Nominative Case

The nominative case, also called the subjective, marks the subject of a phrase. The subject is the noun (or pronoun) that performs the action of the verb. For example, in the phrase "She helped him", the subject is "she", who performs the action of helping.

Oblique Case

Oblique Case

The oblique case is used to mark nouns and pronouns as being direct and indirect objects. For example, in the phrase "I gave it to him" both "it" and "him" and objects, and thus are in the oblique case.

Genitive Case

Genitive Case

Also called the possessive case, the genitive case marks objects as pertaining or belonging to another object. For example, in the phrase "it is mine", the pronoun "mine" is in the genitive case.

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