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Food tips are only for linguists

I love the tips you give with Hindi. Without them, it would way to difficult. However the tips that are presented for the Food section are WAY too difficult for those of us who do not have a background in linguistics. What are Cases? What does Dative mean? I don't think either of these occur in English, or if they do we never are taught about them. Consequently I don't have a clue what the tip is talking about.

And one of the sentences makes no sense to me no matter how I parse it.

"Even though Hindi has only two cases (nominative, oblique), it is said so because these are broadly the two major word-ending changing cases (causing significant inflections). "

Please review and rewrite so it is comprehensible to the masses. (For instance what is the antecedent to the "it" in "it is said so"?) Thanks for all your hard work! Despite the occasional issue inherent in a beta, I am learning loads. khF1S

April 21, 2019

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On the topic of cases:

  1. Dative is one of them.

  2. Some languages, like German for example, have a system of "cases". A case expresses - by means of an ending of the noun - the relation of that noun to other parts of the sentence. In English, this is often done by means of prepositions (example: "to give something to someone", in German, this "to" would be expressed by the dative case).

  3. This means that in a language that has a case system, you have to learn not only the basic form of a noun (and other words that may be combined with a noun, like articles and adjectives), but also its different forms in the cases used in that language.

I hope this helps you get a general idea of this interesting (and, for learners, challenging) feature of some languages.

April 21, 2019

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There's a more in-depth explanation on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_case

April 22, 2019
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