dative of purpose

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English[edit]

Examples

Latin:

auxilio vocare — to call for help
venio auxilio — I'm coming for help
accipio dono — I receive [this] as a gift
puellae ornamento est — [this] is for the girl's decoration

Ancient Greek:

τῷ βασιλεῖ μάχομαιto basilei makhomai — I fight for the king
θνῄσκω τῇ τιμῄthnesko te time — I die for honour

Noun[edit]

dative of purpose (plural datives of purpose)

  1. (Classical linguistics, in definite) The dative case in its use to indicate purpose.
    The dative of purpose is rare in this type of writing.
  2. (uncommon, Classical linguistics, countable) A specific use of the dative case in this way.
    This poem is filled with datives of purpose.

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