The Ablative of Quality and the Genitive of Quality

Paperback | February 12, 2012

byGeorge Vail Edwards

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. 1900 : ... CHAPTER ?. If the Ablative is the "with "case and the Genitive the "of case, then it is natural that we should feel the relation between an Ablative of Quality and a Genitive of Quality modifying the same noun to be substantially identical with that which subsists between the ideas of "with " and "of," the former relating the quality to its noun in the guise of something appearing with the noun, an attendant quality of circumstance; the latter in the guise of something belonging to the noun, its permanent or essential attribute. Grammarians have all, in a general way, shared this feeling, and if one has emphasized the permanency of an attributive, another its essentiality as the ground of its expression in the Genitive, neither has been, in practice, very wide of the truth, and, when in error, has been so, not because of a failure to perceive the logical difference between Ablative and Genitive, but because of certain circumstances attending the history of the development of the two constructions hitherto not sufficiently observed. If, from the beginning on, both expressions of quality had stood in the same stage of development as that in which they stand in the usage of Livy, it is likely that much of the apparent inconsistency in their use would have been avoided. Historically, such was not the case. In Plautus the Ablative alone is common; whether expressing so transitory a quality as a moment's good courage, Amph. 671 Bono animo es; a passing shade of bodily expression, Asin. 401 tristi fronte, quassanti capite, or so permanent and inalterable a quality as the shape of the nose, color of the eyes, Capt. 647 macilento ore, naso acuto, corpore albo, oculis nigris; the stature, Peen. 1112 Statura hau magna, or the degree of one's birth, Cist. 130 sicyone, summo genere. The objection against Kriiger's distinction between a subject thought of "wie er ist" and "wie er sich zeigt" held the ground that it would often amount to a begging of the wh...

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. 1900 : ... CHAPTER ?. If the Ablative is the "with "case and the Genitive the "of case, then it is natural that we should feel the relation between an Ablative of Quality and a Genitive of Quality modifying the same noun to be substantially identical with that which subsists between the ideas of "with " and "of," the former relating...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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