[Ads-l] dative & accusitive prepositions

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 10 02:36:05 UTC 2015


I've read the same thing of "The more the merrier," where the first "the"
was instrumental.

On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 9:34 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at gmail.com> wrote:

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> 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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