The Tutoring and Learning Center 300 Library 747-5366 http://academics.utep.edu/tlc Latin Handout #3 Uses of the Ablative Case The ablative case has many uses, such as: 1. Expressing motion from, or to express lack of motion. a/ab cum de e/ex in pro sine sub from with down from out of in, on in front of, on behalf of without inder 2. with/by: expressing the means or instrument with or by which something is done. me gladio vulneravit pilis ludebant ad urbem pedibus ibant he wounded me with a sword they were playing with balls they were going on foot (by foot) to the city 3. with: expressing the manner in which something was done. Summa celeritate rediit Magna voce clamavit he returned with the greatest speed he shouted in (with) a loud voice 4. with/of: describing qualities est puer mango ingenio puella summa virtute vir parava prudential he is a boy of great talent she is a girl of great courage a man of little prudence 5. some adjectives take the ablative where English has a genitive iuvenis dignus est laude urna aqua plena erat the young man is worthy of praise the pot was full of water Materials borrowed from Balme , Maurice and James Morwoord . Oxford Latin Course Part II. New York: Oxford, 2000.