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    Arrow What's "case" here?

    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?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    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?
    I think the term 'case' is used incorrectly. What they probably mean is the category of person.

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    Re: What's "case" here?

    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.

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    Re: What's "case" here?

    By the way, I can't get its definition in grammar. Could you please explain this term simply with examples?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    By the way, I can't get its definition in grammar. Could you please explain this term simply with examples?

    Person:
    I play
    You play
    He/She/It plays
    We play
    You play
    They play

    Case:
    a) Nominative vs. Objective
    I - me,
    you - you
    he - him
    she - her
    they - them
    we - us

    b) Nominative vs. Genitive
    somebody - somebody's
    everybody - everybody's

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    Re: What's "case" here?

    I think I can refer to it as " the functional descriptor".
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    Re: What's "case" here?

    Right?


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    Re: What's "case" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    I think I can refer to it as " the functional descriptor".
    I guess you can apply this term to a lot of things if you operate in the paradigm of functional linguistics. As far as I understand the piece of text you quoted comes from something less sophisticated and more traditional. Since the first category mentioned in it was that of number, it would make sense to refer to the latter as 'the category of person'.

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    Re: What's "case" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    I think I can refer to it as " the functional descriptor".
    I wouldn't, as we already have adequate terms, so new ones are not required.

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