Category Archives: Grammar

Nouns in Dative, Part I

That last post on Genitive was a doozy, wasn’t it?  Dative is a bit complicated too, so this time I’m going to break it up into parts so it’s easier to digest (and to write!).  We’ll look at the easy … Continue reading

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Nouns in Genitive

The genitive case is one of the more complex cases in Latvian.  Two of its uses, possession and prepositions, have already been discussed elsewhere on this blog. I’ll be summarizing what’s in those two entries, but you should definitely go … Continue reading

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Nouns in Nominative

Today begins a new series on nouns. Each case will be posted one at a time for the next few weeks. I’m trying something different, so for the next while, updates will be on Mondays with grammatical building blocks. I’m … Continue reading

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Finding Your Grammatical Center

One thing my husband continually nags me about is guessing the content of the sentence without really working through it.  Especially when I start applying English grammatical rules to Latvian sentences because I’m tired. Why is this bad?  Because Latvian … Continue reading

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Giving Orders

We hear orders every day: “Pick that up!” “Come here!” “Buy now!” Sometimes there’s a “please” attached, but it’s still an order. Orders are in the imperative case.  My mnemonic for this originally was: “it’s imperative that you remember.”  It’s … Continue reading

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Verb Stems

[toc] I’ve already told you that I think it’s important to learn verbs with three forms: the infinitive, 1st person present singular, 1st person past singular.  Here’s why: With these three forms, you can create the three stems necessary for … Continue reading

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Learning Verbs

I just read an article the other day about someone who was working towards learning French and had some interesting points regarding verbs. During her studies, she learned the present form of a verb first, then the past and future, … Continue reading

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Exception Nouns

There are seven general exceptions in the 2nd declension.  Instead of ending in -is, seven nouns end in -s. Essentially, the nominative singular is all that is different.  According to my grammar book, the genitive singular is also -s instead … Continue reading

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Prepositions

Despite their small size, prepositions are really important to understand.  For one thing, without prepositions, you lose a lot of meaning and for another, more important thing, some of them do double duty as verbal prefixes. Of course, it would … Continue reading

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On Plurals

English can be really confusing when it comes to singular and plural nouns.  We have words from so many different languages that still follow their native language’s grammatical rules that we can’t easily say “This is a singular noun and … Continue reading

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