Thanks. Yes, I understand the contractions. I've been away from the language for several years, but am thinking about another trip, so I'm trying to "knock the rust off" with RG. It seemed to me to be the same basic idea, with perhaps a slightly different meaning, depending upon context. For me, it's a little simpler using the dative contraction, rather than the accusative, since, when using the accusative, you must consider all three articles, but when using the dative contractions, you narrow the choice down to two. It may seem like a small thing, but I got curious about this after I started studying the language again.