absolutive case

Noun.  (grammar) : case used to indicate the patient or experiencer of a verb’s action. The absolutive case is used to mark the '''subject''' of an intransitive verb, as well as the '''object''' of a transitive verb (inasmuch as they are codified in the English nominative-accusative system). Some languages that employ the absolutive case include Abkhaz, Basque, Chechen, Dyirbal, Hindi, Inuktitut, Navajo, Hiligaynon, and Yup'ik.

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