Grammatical Case Headspace....
July 22, 2009 3:15 AM Subscribe
LanguageFilter: How can a native English speaker develop a better sense of grammatical cases?
posted by mary8nne to writing & language (16 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm learning some Russian and have just started getting into the noun & adjective case distinctions. But as a native English speaker it is quite difficult to think in terms of what noun cases are used in a particular sentence (ie is this the nominative, accusative, dative, ablative, locative, instrumental, vocative or genitive case of the noun/adjective that I need to use).
I've been reading some of the wikipedia entries on declension, grammatical case, noun cases, gender cases etc but it very quickly goes completely over my head.
So I was just wondeing if anyone here had say some tips, advice or resources on getting into the grammatical case headspace?
I imagine its just a matter of doing 'exercises' or something? (but is this really possible with English examples when we don't distinguish linguistically between most of them?)