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Old 03-21-2010, 11:12 PM
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An easy one this time

Dative -ri, -ėri

The Topical case can be used to set a noun (an object/person) as a topic of the sentence, as in "this is what the sentence is about".
It can be translated into "the", or more officially "as for the", "regarding", etc.

More officially?
This case can be very easily translated into "the". I think this is the best way to learn it.
Example:
Tuteri sėltsana lu
Tute-ri sėltsan-a lu
"person"-Topic "nice"-Attribute "to.be"
"The person that is nice"

(Attributive will be explained in further lessons)
As for the "as for" example, constructing a sentence with that is a bit tricky. But we can try to make a simple one with words we already know.

Ayelturi oe ngaru si irayo
Ay-eltu-ri oe nga-ru si irayo
Plural-"brain"-Topic "me" "you"-Dative "do" "thank"
"As for the brains, I thank you"

Remember the Dative case? We do thank, and "you" is the one that the thank is for. Back to the topic though...

This is pretty much it...

New words:
eltu - brain
si - to do (verb)
siltsan - nice

Quick-link To Lesson 12- Lesson 12 - Adpositions, Or "Above, Over, Near".
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Ayelturi oe ngaru si irayo
Ay-eltu-ri oe nga-ru si irayo
Plural-"brain"-Topic "me" "you"-Dative "do" "thank"
"As for the brain, I thank you"
Hmm... I think it should be: As for the brains, I thank you. But why put the brain in plural and make stuff soo complicated?
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Oh, right, forgot about that plural prefix... fixed
I've used plural there for everyone to remember that such a thing exists
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Ooh...And just wanted to add that this really is a good lesson... I sure understand the topic case more than before
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