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Allen and Greenough's Latin Grammar


361. The Dative is used to denote the object indirectly affected by an action.

This is called the Indirect Object (§ 274). It is usually denoted in English by the objective with to:

cēdite temporī, yield to the occasion.

prōvincia Cicerōnī obtigit, the province fell by lot to Cicero.

inimīcīs nōn crēdimus, we do not trust [to] our enemies.

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