Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 4 weeks ago

What is the Attributive case?

please simplify and use examples

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The attributive is not a grammatical case.

    It refers to plural nouns used as an (attributive) adjective.  Attributive adjectives list an attribute, a characteristic, of the noun it describes. Nouns can sometimes function as adjectives.

    Sometimes English uses the possessive case of a noun instead of a plural noun to serve as an adjective.

    Mother's Day (singular possessive).(this is said)

    Mothers' Day (plural possessive) (this is not said, but could be)

    Veterans Day (plural noun, used attributively). 

    The distinction usually is only important in writing, since those forms (for most nouns) are normally pronounced the same.

    English is inconsistent about when to use each form.  Often all three are possible with slight differences in meaning, but sometimes one form is used even though the other two are possible.  See link below for more info.

    English nouns only have two grammatical cases: possessive & common.  Attributive nouns are just one use of the common case (a plural noun in the common case used like an adjective).

    Source(s): ; studied linguistics & English grammar; native speaker
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