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This particular affliction of not-knowingness, and therefore of speechlessness, struck all the time: lying on the couch with a boy who, when he stretched his hands above his head revealed underneath the hem of his shirt a belly that struck me as a grown man's belly (to steel myself, I went over Russian noun declensions in my head); walking inhospitable urban sidewalks alone in early evening, bracing myself against the cold wind (ya tebya lyublyu, those are the words for "I love you," I remembered); at dinner with my rambunctious family where I sat silent, teenaged (in Russian, dative case means passive voice means the subversion of self).
Such a presentation of Old English nominal declensions seems to be extremely economical at first, especially in comparison with such monumental and elaborate works as the classical Campbell's Old English Grammar (1959).
I'm thinking in particular of "Devotion: For Our Bodies," which begins, "Yes love, I must confess I'm at it again, / struggling in vain with my Greek declensions.
Sonnets, syllogisms, declensions, puns, quips and carefully constructed insults are fired off in a nonstop, ever-escalating battle of wits.
The play begins with a rather avant-garde series of verb declensions.
At times, important terms or concepts are not explained or are defined briefly, such as declensions, cases, analogy and subdialects.
While lotsa girls might state that Latin declensions suck, you'll be the girl who approaches Teach to say you're frustrated and could use extra help.
By the same token, exercises in Latin declensions or time spent studying classical syllogisms--deductive reasoning--can only reinforce the rigor and flexibility of thought required to succeed at math at the highest levels.
If white, like black, is often considered to be a noncolor (in the same way that a continuous sound spectrum is white noise), in this setting it seemed to exhaust the infinite spectrum of its declensions.
Several years later I found an old, dried-up bottle of it in my parents' house and the faint whiff of fragrance took me right back to the days of French declensions and larking about in chemistry lessons.
Latin, for instance, could have been great fun if it had not been taught mainly in the form of its difficult grammar (what with all those declensions of nouns and conjugations of verbs) but of the pithy, eloquent sayings Latin writings contained; axioms that conveyed a whole lot of meanings with an economy of words.
Moreover, without a sound knowledge of language structures, conjugations, declensions, vocabulary, and syntax, the dictionary is of little help anyway.