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What is essive case?

 

Definition
 

Essive case is a case that expresses the temporary state of the referent specified by a noun.

 

The case has the meaning of

 
  • while, and
  • in the capacity of.
Discussion
 

The term essive case is used especially in Finnish and Hungarian grammatical studies.

Generic
  Essive case is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Lyons 1968 299, 301

 

Gove 1966 778

 

Crystal 1985 112


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