One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives in Latin, Greek, and other inflected languages, used for the subject of a verb.
- ‘The disadvantage is that the nominative singular and the nominative plural look the same and you can only distinguish by context.’
- ‘It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.’
- ‘Early medieval Latin also allowed for the possibility of a dependent substantive clause with finite verb and subject in the nominative case.’
- ‘It's the nominative masculine plural definite article.’
- ‘Grounding is marked by a cluster of features pertaining to the verb and its subject, namely tense inflection, number agreement of the verb with its subject, and the nominative case of the subject.’
2Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.
1A word in the nominative case.
- ‘If ‘to boldly go’ is a split infinitive, then ‘the happy cat’ is a split nominative.’
- ‘This is true of nominatives of all nouns other than some third declension consonant stems.’
- 1.1the nominative The nominative case.
- ‘These would include the nominative (for the subject of a sentence), the accusative (for its object) and the genitive (to indicate possession).’
- ‘Other names on the sealing facets occur in either the nominative or the genitive.’
Late Middle English: from Latin nominativus ‘relating to naming’, translation of Greek onomastikē (ptōsis) ‘naming (case)’.
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