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Old 2020-02-28, 17:47   #22
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Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus View Post
German is an "inflected" language, with declensions for four grammatical cases, three grammatical genders, singular and plural. And of course, tenses. Mark Twain, in The Awful German Language, complained that "It is as bad as Latin." But Latin has more grammatical cases than German. Never mind number and the tenses...
Be thankful that there are only singular and plural. A good many languages also have the dual, as in Classical Greek and Middle Egyptian.

A few fossilised remnants still exist in English, an appendix to our grammar if you will. Consider the words both/either/neither and the distinction between comparative and superlative as in better/best.

Last fiddled with by ewmayer on 2020-02-28 at 19:28 Reason: Fixed mangled close-quote
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