previous next

73. The i-declension was confused even to the Romans themselves, nor was it stable at all periods of the language, early Latin having i-forms which afterwards disappeared. There was a tendency in nouns to lose the i-forms, in adjectives to gain them. The nominative plural (-īs)1 was most thoroughly lost, next the accusative singular (-im), next the ablative (-ī); while the genitive and accusative plural (-ium, -īs) were retained in almost all.

1 An old, though not the original ending (see p. 32. footnote 2).

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: