Сases in English
I am not sure what answer you expect here. I would suggest using a learner's dictionary to find examples of uses of case. Here are some I quickly thought of:
The are cases like bags - suitcases, briefcases, case.
There are cases like containers - a case of wine, a case of beer,
A police officer or lawyer work on a case.
You could be called a nutcase (you are crazy), hardcase (you are mentally hard).
We say, "just in case" - (we may need it).
|link comment||answered May 24 '11 at 08:05 Dave Phillips Contributor|
I think you probably want an explanation of grammatical cases in English. Cases are changes that are made to words to help us understand ideas like movement. In most Indo-European languages, many cases have been replaced in function by prepositions and fixed word order. There are 8 cases in Indo-European languages, but in English not all of them are distinguishable by changes in noun or adjective forms. The three that are the most usful to know for English are: nominative, accusative, and dative cases.
The nominative case, in English, corresponds to the subject of a verb.
-- "Mary said." (I, you, he, she, they, it are in nominative case.)
The accusative case, in English, is also known as the direct object.
-- "He waved to us." ('us' is the accusative/dative case form of the nominative 'we'. Me, you, her, him, us, them, it are in the objective case -- either accusative or dative.)
The dative case, in English, is also known as the indirect object.
-- "He sent a message to us." (The dative case can be thought of as who or what is receiving the benefit of an action. Note, 'a message' is accusative.)
|link comment||answered May 25 '11 at 18:20 Kimberly Expert|
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