in Latin, the Dative case is that which is used to express to whom or for whom something is said, given, or done. (really, it just sounds easier than it's greek counterpart... Just wait until I node the exeptions!)

For Example:
English: "The King gives the lady roses."
Latin: "Rex feminae rosas dat."

English: "The sailor often tells stories to the poets."
Latin: "Nauta poetis fabulas saepe narrat."

In Latin, the Dative case uses the endings:
      Sing  Plur
1Dec  -ae   -is
2Dec  -o    -is
3Dec  -i    -ibus
4Dec  -ui   -ibus
5Dec  -ei   -ebus

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