ethical dative

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English[edit]

Examples

Knock me on this door.
I'll rhyme you so eight years together, —Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.2
Knock me at this gate. —Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, 1.2

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Noun[edit]

ethical dative (uncountable)

  1. (grammar) a form of the dative case applied to pronouns; used (in Latin and some other languages, but rare in English) to show a certain interest felt by the person indicated.

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