Soli ?

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Tempus huic libro soli scribendo habuit.
He had time for writing this book only.
Soli ?
Is soli genitive?, or an adverb?, or what?
 

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It's dative. The genitive is solius.
 

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It's dative. The genitive is solius.
thank you
I had solus, sola, solum,
but i forgot this one is irregular.
I remember others which have this irregular pattern, but totus, totius is the only one I remember.
It seems there are 4 that have this pattern. what are the others?
 

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There are a bit more than four. In addition to solus and totus, there are unus, ullus, nullus, alter and alius. The dative and genitive singular forms of alius are somewhat rare, though, (especially the genitive) and often replaced by those of alter.
 

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Oh, I forgot: there are also uter and neuter.
 

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There are a bit more than four. In addition to solus and totus, there are unus, ullus, nullus, alter and alius. The dative and genitive singular forms of alius are somewhat rare, though, (especially the genitive) and often replaced by those of alter.
I was going to say never mind, that I had found the words in my textbook, called “special -ius adjectives”. It says there are nine in this group, and they can be remembered with the acronym UNUS NAUTA , unus, nullus, ullus, solus, neuter, alius, uter, totus, alter. (Now if I can just remember this)
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