Greek Case Forms

From: Jay Adkins (
Date: Mon Apr 26 1999 - 07:08:35 EDT

Dear B-Greekers,

I had read recently that "Greek originally had ablative, locative and
instrumental case forms." and that "the eventual squeezing out of the
dative case begun during the Hellenistic period." So, can someone tell me
if modern Greek still uses the dative case at all and what exactly are the
cases used in modern Greek? Is this pairing down due to increasing use of
prepositions? Or is it just the simplification of the language?

Jay Adkins

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