One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives (as in Latin 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It therefore cannot be further inflected as if it were a nominative singular noun.’
2Of or appointed by nomination as distinct from election.
1A word in the nominative case.
- ‘This is true of nominatives of all nouns other than some third declension consonant stems.’
- ‘If ‘to boldly go’ is a split infinitive, then ‘the happy cat’ is a split nominative.’
- 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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