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2. Substantives are formed by adding o to the root. For the plural, the letter j must be added to the singular. There are two cases: the nominative and the objective (accusative). The root with the added o is the nominative, the objective adds an n after the o. Other cases are formed by prepositions; thus, the possessive (genitive) by de, „of“; the dative by al, „to“, the instrumental (ablative) by kun, „with“, or other preposition as the sense demands. E. g. root patr, „father“; la patr'o, „the father“; la patr'o'n, „the father“ (objective), de la patr'o, „of the father“; al la patr'o, „to the father“; kun la patr'o, „with the father“; la patr'o'j, „the fathers“; la patr'o'j'n, „the fathers“ (obj.), por la patr'o'j, „for the fathers“.
3. Adjectives are formed by adding a to the root. The numbers and cases are the same as in substantives. The comparative degree is formed by prefixing pli (more); the superlative by plej (most). The word „than“ is rendered by ol, e. g. pli blanka ol neĝo, „whiter than snow“.
4. The cardinal numerals do not change their forms for the different cases. They are: unu (1), du (2), tri (3), kvar (4), kvin (5), ses (6), sep (7), ok (8), naŭ (9), dek (10), cent (100), mil (1000). The tens and hundreds are formed by simple junction of the numerals, e. g. 533 = kvin'cent tri'dek tri. Ordinals are formed by adding the adjectival a to the cardinals, e. g. unu'a, „first“; du'a, „second“, etc. Multiplicatives (as „threefold“, „fourfold“, etc.) add obl, e. g. tri'obl'a, „threefold“. Fractionals add on, as du'on'o, „a half“; kvar'on'o, „a quarter“. Collective numerals add op, as kvar'op'e, „four together“. Distributive prefix po, e. g., po kvin, „five apiece“. Adverbials take e, e. g., unu'e, „firstly“, etc.
5. The personal pronouns are: mi, „I“; vi, „thou“, „you“; li, „he“; ŝi, „she“; ĝi, „it“; si, „self“; ni, „we“; ili, „they“; oni, „one“, „people“, (French „on“). Possessive pronouns are formed by suffixing to the required personal, the adjectival termination. The declension of the pronouns is identical with that of substantives. E. g. mi, „I“; mi'n, „me“ (obj.); mi'a, „my“, „mine“.
All forms of the passive are rendered by the respective forms of the verb est (to be) and the participle passive of the required verb; the preposition used is de, „by“. E. g. ŝi est'as am'at'a de ĉiu'j, „she is loved by every one“.
8. All prepositions govern the nominative case.
9. Every word is to be read exactly as written, there are no silent letters.
10. The accent falls on the last syllable but one, (penultimate).
11. Compound words are formed by the simple junction of roots, (the principal word standing last), which are written as a single word, but, in elementary works, separated by a small line ('). Grammatical terminations are considered as independent words. E. g. vapor'ŝip'o, „steamboat“ is composed of the roots vapor, „steam“, and ŝip, „a boat“, with the substantival termination o.
12. If there be one negative in a clause, a second is not admissible.
13. In phrases answering the question „where?“ (meaning direction), the words take the termination of the objective case; e. g. kie'n vi ir'as? „where are you going?“; dom'o'n, „home“; London'o'n, „to London“, etc.
14. Every preposition in the international language has a definite fixed meaning. If it be necessary to employ some preposition, and it is not quite evident from the sense which it should be, the word je is used, which has no definite meaning; for example, ĝoj'i je tio, „to rejoice over it“; rid'i je tio, „to laugh at it“; enu'o je la patr'uj'o, „a longing for one’s fatherland“. In every language different prepositions, sanctioned by usage, are employed in these dubious cases, in the international language, one word, je, suffices for all. Instead of je, the objective without a preposition may be used, when no confusion is to be feared.
15. The so-called „foreign“ words, i. e. words which the greater number of languages have derived from the same source, undergo no change in the international language, beyond conforming to its system of orthography. ― Such is the rule with regard to primary words, derivatives are better formed (from the primary word) according to the rules of the international grammar, e. g. teatr'o, „theatre“, but teatr'a, „theatrical“, (not teatricul'a), etc.
16. The a of the article, and final o of substantives, may be sometimes dropped euphoniae gratia, e. g. de l’ mond'o for de la mond'o; Ŝiller’ for Ŝiller'o; in such cases an apostrophe should be substituted for the discarded vowel.