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  1. It is important when dealing with the inflexions of the Noun Phrase to grasp FOUR key concepts: CASE, AGREEMENT, NUMBER, GENDER.

  2. CASE. In OE, nouns, pronouns, determiners and adjectives vary in form according to the functions they have in a clause or phrase. These various forms are called cases. There are four cases in OE: nominative, accusative, genitive and dative. The correlation between case and function raises some theoretical problems, but, very roughly, the following correspondences can be noted:

    Nominative

    Accusative

    Genitive

    Dative

    (The most common use of each case has been underlined and put in bold type in the above list.)

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