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Dative Case - Glossary of Terms


Dative Case

In other languages, the dative case's main function is to show the indirect object of a verb.  In modern English, it is indistinguishable from the accusative case, whose main role in other languages is to show the direct object of verb.  In English, the objective case covers the roles of both the dative case and the accusative case. 

Examples:

 Give the large parcel to the lady next door.
                       
                direct object          indirect object

Read the poem aloud to me.
                          
        direct object     indirect object  
 
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