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21 December 2015 at 11:59am | IP Logged 
Then quote it there :D
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21 December 2015 at 10:59pm | IP Logged 
tommus wrote:
Iversen wrote:
In Russian I prefer the following order: (vocative) Nominative 'Accusative' Genitive Dative Instrumental Prepositional. It is pretty clear that this is a reflection of the order in Latin, but there is also a certain logic in it: instead of a real Accusative Russian uses forms from the Nominative and the Genitive so it is logical to keep the placeholder 'Accusative' between these two. And the Vocative is a dying and incomplete case, which in most situations has been squeezed out by the Nominative. With the place after the Nominative taken by the 'Accusative' the Vocative has to stand before the Nominative.

With all due respect to Iversen and others who love grammar, I think the above paragraph could find a place of honour in the "You know you're a language nerd when ..." thread.

OMG! I guess what makes me a language nerd is that said paragraph looked perfectly normal to me, but now I see what you mean -- I guess I *didn't* know I am a language nerd :)
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Same here :)


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