tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Mar 14 04:46:28 1994

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Re: declensions

Ok, basically you get conjugations in verbs and declensions in nouns, in 
the same way as adverbs are paired with verbs, and adjectives with 
nouns.  Conjugations are groups of verbs, and declensions are groups of 

I presume you know about cases of nouns, ie genitive, accusative, 
nominative etc.  The idea is that you have patterns to form these cases, 
when you know the nominative (the normal noun).  I think that in Latin 
there are five declensions for the regular nouns, so there are 5 patterns 
to get the rest of the cases.  This then means that once you've learnt 
all the versions of one noun in the declension, you know how to work out 
the versions of every other noun in that declension.  Then all you have 
to do is learn which nouns are in which declension ... :-)

Hope that this has been of some help to you,


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