[Ads-l] dative & accusitive prepositions

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 10 02:34:24 UTC 2015


WB:  Seem to recall some claim that the <the> in <nevertheless> goes back
to an old Old English instrumental <thy:>, lit. 'never less than that', as
a relic of an OV comparative structure. Believe it or naught. Comparable to
the Latin ablative of comparison; e.g. Cato est Cicerone eloquentior 'Cato
is more eloquent than Cicero'; something like 'from (the perspective of)
Cicero, Cato ...'

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