Many students dutifully memorize all these forms and yet have no idea what they mean or how to use them. This chart is useful only as a guide to help make sense of nouns in context. In and of itself, the chart means nothing.
Here is an English Equivalent of the chart above:
|Dative||to/for the girl||to/for the girls|
|Accusative||girl (object)||girls (object)|
|Ablative||from/with/in/by the girl||from/with/in/by the girls|
As I said, the chart means nothing. Has anyone ever memorized this chart as a way to learn English?
Not a fair question, perhaps.
Latin is an inflected language. The form of a noun determines how it is being used. A subject, an object, a possessive -- each has its own particular form.
And so we present the chart to students. And they memorize it. To make things easier.
Here's what you need to know about nouns of the first declension:
|"to" or "for"||-ae||-īs|
|"from", "with", "in", "on", "by"||-ā||-īs|