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Difference Conjugation and declension

Hello, Can someone explain to me what the difference is between Conjugation and declension? I know there are 5 conjugations in Latin. But I don't know what they mean with declension, is it the same thing as conjugation? Let me know please!

December 13, 2019

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Conjugation is the term used for verbs. Declension is the term used for nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc. They describe the same sort of thing, which is why they are easy to confuse.

Both words have Latin roots: conjugation (conjugatio) means "yoking together" or "yoking with" (the endings are yoked to the rest of the word), and declension (declinatio) means falling away, as the different cases (gen. dat., accus., etc.) fall away from the nominative (or so they say, anyway). "Case" also has a Latin origin ("casus"--unlike most of the nouns ending in -us in Duo's course a noun of the 4th declension, not of the 2nd); it means a falling (away).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiekeNijhof

Alright, I get it now. Thank you!


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You're welcome. Looking for an explanation in the forums from a few years ago, I didn't find what I'd written but did find this post, which has some interesting discussion, it looks like.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiekeNijhof

Thanks, that post is really helpful!


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It's my pleasure. I hope you are enjoying the Latin course.

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