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What Is a Declension in English Grammar?

FAQs Jackson Bowman September 13, 2022

In linguistics, declension (verb: to decrease) is changing the form of a word, generally to express its syntactic function in a sentence through an inflection.

What is an example of declension?

For example, in a sentence saying a ball belongs to a male, with the ball in subject position, there is a declension for case (possessive) and gender.

What’s the difference between a declension and a case?

The inflection of nouns is called a declension. The individual declensions are called cases and together they form the case system. Nouns, pronouns, adjectives and participles are declined in six cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative and vocative and two numbers (singular and plural).

What are the 5 declensions?

The Latin language has five declensions, each based on stem. The first declension is considered the -a stem, the second the -o stem, the third the consonant, the fourth the -u stem, and the fifth the -e stem.

What is the difference between declension and conjugation?

Conjugation versus Declension

Conjugation describes inflection of verbs. In many languages ​​this is more complex than… Declension describes the inflection of, well, everything else, usually nouns but possibly also pronouns, adjectives, determiners, depending on the language.

How do you use declension in a sentence?

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