- *With the connecting vowel (verbs) or stem vowel (nouns), which I like to call the "full ending" method
*The true endings by themselves
By the looks of it, most grammars I've seen teach the endings with the connecting/stem vowels. This is the way I learned it in my intro Greek classes. The only one I know who teaches the true case endings is Mounce, which I just finished going through. But I question which method works the best.
Personally, I'm leaning more toward the first method because I think it helps more with recognition when reading an actual Greek passage. I don't like the true case ending method as much because I feel like I have to do a whole bunch of word formation and vowel contraction math in my head for every noun and verb I come across as opposed to simply recognizing the forms as they appear. And actually, Mounce doesn't even teach the true case endings much of the time either and relegates many of the actual word endings and their true formation in footnotes (and even then, as I've found out, he STILL doesn't give the full, real endings & formation in some of those footnotes and refers readers to his morphology book a lot).
Mounce's rationale for his teaching method is that it supposedly makes for less memorization and easier to learn nouns/verbs. That might be true (though not by much, I did not notice a big difference in memorization work compared to the full ending method) but it seems to me that you have to do more word math in your head when reading and recognizing words in a passage.
What are your opinions and experiences?