In linguistics, declension is the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and articles to indicate number (at least singular and plural), case (nominative or subjective, genitive or possessive, etc.), and gender. A declension is also a group of nouns that follow a particular pattern of inflection.
Declension occurs in many of the world's languages, and features very prominently in many European languages. Old English was a highly inflected language, as befits its Indo-European and especially its Germanic linguistic ancestry, but its declensions greatly simplified as it evolved into Modern English.
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... The i-paradigm is used to decline nouns of the third declension, which are mostly feminine (dantis - 'tooth', debesis - 'cloud', vagis - thief and few nouns that end with -uonis in the singular ...
... Catholic names for males follow the second declension ... However, if the name ends in e, it follows the first declension, such as Zoze (Joseph) ... If the name ends in o, it follows the third declension, such as Lorso (Lawrence) ...
... Further information Sanskrit Declension Sanskrit has eight cases nominative, vocative, accusative, genitive, dative, ablative, locative and instrumental ... source, and ground is the locus, the corresponding declensions are reflected in the morphemes -am -at and -au respectively ...
... This is a list of masculine Latin nouns of the First Declension ... Such nouns were a rather small percentage of the declension, and often were proper names ... Other nouns in this declension were feminine there were no neuters ...
... are sometimes declined mistakenly in other declensions ... Some words have parallel forms from other declensions with a little change in a meaning dukra, dukros sesė, sesės palikuonis, -io, palikuonė, -ės ... from dukra, sesė cases, only a formal shift of declension without a meaning variation and such word would be perceived as a vernacularism and obsolete ...
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“And what if my descendants lose the flower
Through natural declension of the soul,
Through too much business with the passing hour,
Through too much play, or marriage with a fool?”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“And from the first declension of the flesh
I learnt mans tongue, to twist the shapes of thoughts
Into the stony idiom of the brain....”
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