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Subject or accusative?

In the sentence:

Non debes officia deorum desiderare

officia could be accusative or nominative plural. I was thinking it was accusative as officia is what ought not to be desired (debes is working on officia). If that is the case then what is the subject since nothing else is in the nominative?
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Missing accusative?

In the sentence below:

Phoebus filium monet, sed puer magna pericula non videt.

I see why filius is in the accusative (it is the d.o. of monet) but in the second half of the sentence, puer and pericula are both nominative. Wouldn't pericula be accusative, as it is what I would think be the d.o. of videt?
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Pandora's Box

In the Pandora's Box story of 38 Latin Stories, the last sentence ends:

Etiam si vita plena malorum est, spem semper habemus.

The vita here appears to be in the ablative. I don't understand quite why, other than running through all the other cases and determining that none of the other ones seem to apply.

I'm only on Ch.5 of Wheelock's and I know the ablative is covered in later chapters but I was just ...
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Latin Word Order

The following are the few points of prosaic Latin word order which I can recall:

1. Main verb always at end.
2. Adjectives directly behind modified nouns.
3. Indirect objects precede direct objects.
4. Objects of prepositions follow the preposition (unless anastrophe is employed).

This leaves many questions. I'd like to know where subjects, direct and indirect objects, prepositional phrases, subordinate clauses, indirect statements, et cetera fit in.

If someone could translate the following example, ...
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mystace

anyone know what "mystace" means?

It's not in my latin dictionary or in the online one I looked at.

And I can't find Words for my new computer. :(


(ps: It's from the first page of Harrius Potter. I just started it ;)
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Operatic disclaimer et al.

In one of my weirder quirks, I suggested to myself the idea of a disclaimer epilogue to my opera libretto:

Hic est negatio et excusatio.
Si quemquam haec dramma per musica offendit, scriptor operis se excusat. Ignoscite eum! Scientiam historice accurata non est haec dramma, ita monemini! Multa scientia data (a hac) tantummodo est ficta. Haec est fabula, non historia. Tamen, sunt pauci res vera. Nonne dramma totae fundamentum est eventum verum?


And now, from ...
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Today's computer software in Latin?

Here's a bit of a left field one. I was thinking of having a go at adding Latin as a language option in a program that is used in day to day computer life. A web browser like firefox sprung to mind. I rekon it would be cool, in a wierd sort of way. Do you guys have any other program suggestions that could be translated?
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Sancta Sanctorum

I was reading this book about Italy and it talked about a church called “Sancta Sanctorum”, I am wondering why it is called this.

I don’t mean the religious reason for it, but why SanctA? Either this is female singular or neuter plural. Since it is only one church, I don’t see why it would be plural. If it is female, then why is it followed by a male or neuter and not a female ...
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How do you pronounce -m and gn?

Hello, everyone.
I have another question about pronunciation; rather, more than a question, a poll. I would like to know how each of you pronounces final -m: amicum, bellum, puellam, etc. I have read in many sources (and also because of the Romance languages) that it was probably pronounced as a velar nasal, i.e. NG in English "sing".Would this be a pronunciation applied to poetry only or used in general? Would this pronunciation apply to ...
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Oportet +subjv.

Avete, Textkitenses!

This sentence, which appeared in YLE's Nuntii Latini last year, caught my interest.

Lex antitabacaria, quam etiam curatores magnorum certaminum autocineticorum observent oportet, inde a mense Iulio anno bismillesimo quinto valere incipiet.



A&G explains how oportet may take a subjunctive.

But does this construction have to be used when the ...
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