ethical dative

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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
Wind me into him, I pray you. —Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.2

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ethical dative (plural ethical datives)

  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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