[projectaon] Re: 25totw errata

On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:00 AM, Timothy Pederick <pederick@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 27 April 2011 16:50, David Davis <feline1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> the thing with Latin loan words in English is that we do *not* decline
>> them, as English doesn't have cases -
> Sure we do: nouns have nominative and possessive cases, and pronouns have a
> bit more variety. Also declension covers plurals, and that's really the
> form of declension we're talking about. English borrows Latin plural forms
> for many Latin loan words.

I need to go back to school :-)

> Or to put it another way, if English never used Latin declensions for Latin
> loan words, "bacteria" wouldn't be used in English at all; we'd have
> "bacteriums" instead. :-)
> --
> Tim Pederick

Postdoctoral Fellow
Mathematics and Computer Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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Argonne, IL 60439


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