The use of third declension adjectives

Third declension adjectives: ablative in -i or -e?

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The ablative of the 3rd declension noun (laus, laudis) ends in -e; the ablative of the 3rd declension adjective (ingens, ingentis) ends in -i.
There are, however, occasions when the ablative singular of the ablative ends in -e. These are as follows.

1. This happens when the adjective is acting as a substantive adjective ie, when it is standing in place ...