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In the name of the Merciful Allah,
Hi, from a book on toefl, I read this quote: " if the reference question is about a pronoun, make sure your answer is the same number (singular or plural) and case (first person, second person, third person) as the highlighted pronoun."
I ask, do the authors mean by " case" the grammar term that denotes a form of word showing role in sentence?
Clark is right, in part, as we usually reserve the word case for the genitive, nominative, accusative, and so on... Here, it should say "same number.... and person (first, second, third)..." But if the word is meant simply as a general term "case" = "situation" it may be a poor stylistic choice rather than an error per se.
By the way, I can't get its definition in grammar. Could you please explain this term simply with examples?
I think I can refer to it as " the functional descriptor".
Last edited by Egyption Arrow; 02-Apr-2009 at 09:23.