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You are (as usual) correct.  I was thinking of the dative of
separation, but that goes with verbs that have *merged* with ab-,
rather than instances of the actual preposition.


On 11/12/07, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Mark J. Reed wrote:
> [snip]
> > Well, there are languages that use the dative this way; despite the
> > name, the Latin preposition "ab" sometimes governs the dative.
>
> Oh? Could you give examples, please?
>
> I'm not aware of _any_ preposition governing the dative case. I've just
> made a check on _a(b)_ and I can find no examples of any use except with
> the ablative.
>
> I do not, of course, count those many examples where the dative &
> ablative cases coincide in form: always in the plural and always in the
> 2nd declension singular; also in some 3rd declension singular singulars
> and in the 4th declension where the Classical language couldn't decide
> whether the dative ending was -u, or -ui.
>
>
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