grammar, an oblique (
abbreviated OBL; from
Latin: casus obliquus) or objective case (
abbr. OBJ) is a nominal
case that is used when a noun phrase is the
object of either a
verb or a
preposition. A noun or pronoun in the oblique case can generally appear in any role except as
subject, for which the
nominative case is used.
 The term objective case is generally preferred by modern
English grammarians, where it supplanted
 When the two terms are contrasted, they differ in the ability of a word in the oblique case to function as a
possessive attributive; whether English has an oblique rather than an objective case then depends on how "
widespread one considers the dialects where such usage is employed.
An oblique case often contrasts with an
unmarked case, as in English oblique him and them vs. nominative he and they. However, the term oblique is also used for languages without a nominative case, such as
ergative–absolutive languages; in the
Northwest Caucasian languages, for example, the oblique-case marker serves to mark the
ergative, dative, and
applicative case roles, contrasting with the
absolutive case, which is unmarked.