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What is partitive case?

 

Definition
 

Partitive case is a case that expresses the partial nature of the referent of the noun it marks, as opposed to expressing the whole unit or class of which the referent is a part.

 

This case may be found in items such as the following:

 
 

It often has a meaning similar to the English word some.

Discussion
 

The term partitive case is used especially in studies of Finno-Ugric grammar.

Generic
  Partitive case is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 161

 

Richards, Platt, and Weber 1985 208

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 249

 

Gove 1966 1648

 

Sebeok 1946 12–14


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