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A Better Way to Learn Noun Case Endings

I got through the 7th chapter in Mounce’s grammar yesterday. I’ve just finished up the first and second declensions. Actually, I still have a workbook exercise to do, then I’ll be done. Anyway, I found one of Dr. Mounce’s notes interesting and I thought I’d share it and get your thoughts.

In my opinion, it would be preferable to order the cases as nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. It seems smoother to move from subject to object to indirect object. In the neuter the nominative and accusative are the same, and this arrangement would keep them together. But I gave in to conventional usage and listed the cases in the standard format. (p. 45)

That “standard format” is nominative, genitive, dative, then accusative. Now, I believe that if Mounce thinks that the order he suggests is the better way to learn it, then he should’ve put them in that order. Otherwise it doesn’t make it any simpler.

However, I am not so sure I agree that it is the better way to learn it. I think that perhaps the way the paradigm falls regularly is the easier way to learn it. Of course this is only opinion and the only reason I can come up with for learning it the conventional way is that it is the way I originally learned it a couple years ago and believe it would be difficult for me to adjust.

What are your thought? Does Mounce have a point? If he does, should he or shouldn’t he follow through with it in his grammar?



5 Responses

  1. I think it would be preferanle 🙂 for him to go with his thought, despite the fact that this would be going against the grain of conventional grammars.

  2. I say stick with the traditional approach! 😉

    then pick up Steve Runge’s new book on discourse grammar.

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