"Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod" is an interesting German phrase which originates this question. I'm interested in knowing how true is it/will it be.
- Has German always had four cases? Or were some cases deleted/added? When?
- I'm temporarily a DaF-student, and while learning the
Genitiv-prepositions, there are some that are
Dativ-prepositions as well (e.g.
dank, ...). However, my teacher ‒ who is young enough ‒ told me that her grammar courses at school classified those prepositions as exclusively genitive. If this change took place so quickly, could people predict a year in which
Genitivwill be obsolete?
- Could the "elegant" feature of the genitive, later on sound just "old-fashioned"? Am I using "old-fashioned" grammar when talking between Kumpel and using genitive?
In my mother tongue there is no genitive, so I find it utterly interesting (and sorry if off-topic, but I just love it!