Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Partitive Case

Definition: 

Partitive case is a case that expresses the partial nature of the referent of the noun it marks, as opposed to expressing the whole unit or class of which the referent is a part.

This case may be found in items such as the following:

It often has a meaning similar to th English word some.

Discussion: 

The term partitive case is used especially in studies of Finno-Ugric grammar.