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quick help on a quick sentence

my book wrote:primus omnium censum ordinauit, quid adhuc per orbem terrarum incognitus erat.

since "censum, -i" is (or at least my book and whitaker's words say so) neuter, wouldn't primus and incognitus have to match it? my book says seruius tullius was the first to run a census, and based on that I assume this is a Classical word.
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"Ob" and "in"

I've noticed there seem to be a great many prefixes to Latin words that do not have their origins in prepositions; one such example which continues to baffle me is "ob-" such as in obseruare.

And another conundrum that has left me answerless is the use in Latin of the suffix "in-" to mean either a reinforcement of the root word, or its exclusion; e.g., incantare, yet inaequalitas. Indeed! the distinction becomes even less clear, ...
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New School Motto

The school where I work has annoyed me for the umpteenth time, so I want to come up with a motto.

I was thinking: Excellence in mediocrity!

Translation: Virtus in mediocrium.

Would that be correct?
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Adestne

Saluete!

I was wondering where the accent would fall on adestne; I realize -ne is enclitic, but I never actually thought about its effect on pronunciation in a combined word like that. Quid putatis?
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Hello!Please come here.

I am a Chinese boy.I am fourteen years old.I can't speak English well.But I want to learn Latin.At the forum,I can't understand any thing,because I can't speak English.Please help me,thank you very much!And if there are anything of you about Chinese,I can help you,too.I hope we can help each other.
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homo sapiens, adjusted

I thought it would be funny to do an avatar saying "mulier sapiens". But I'm suddenly worried about cases 'n' thingies. I'm pretty sure "homo" was nominative, so "mulier" is fine like that, but do you have to adjust "sapiens" into a feminie form, and if so into what? Thank you! :)
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Homework Check

Salvete Omnes,

Could some kind person please check this. The topic my homework is demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. I had to insert the proper form of hic or ille to modify the underlined noun. Thanks in advance!

1. Cornelii in hac/illa villa habitant.

The Cornelii live in this/that country house.

2. "Spectate hunc/illum arcum, pueri!" clamavit Eucleides.

"Look at this/that arch, boys!" shouted Eucleides.

3. Olim hae/illae puellae in agris ambulant.

Once upon a time ...
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3 little problems

saluete omnes

I have some problems with these sentences. I hope you can help me out.

Plinius, Epistula IX, 36
uenor aliquando, sed non sine pugillaribus, ut, quamuis nihil ceperim, non nihil referam

"sometimes I go hunting but not without my notebooks, so that I, even if I ... anything, do not bring back nothing"

I don't understand the ceperim: why perfect subjunctive? how would you translate it? which tense would you use in English ...
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homework - 5 sentences

I just want to know if they're OK. Thank you :) .

(livia is the second of 8 females students, lucius the first of 19 male students.)
liuia secunda ex octo discipulis est, lucius primus ex undeuiginti discipulis.

(julia has already been the student of 3 teachers.)
iulia discipula trium magistrarum iam fuit.

(the teacher dictated us 3 proverbs: the first one is very hard, the second ...
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Metri causa

saluete omnes

I am preparing some texts and I have a minor problem with meter... I think I only need to know the hexameter, the alcaicum, and the iambicus senarius to cover the texts below.

Can anyone offer any advice or links to help me understand the meters of these better? I have a hard time getting meters under my skin: I just know the hendecasyllabus and the sapphicum....

I have tried using the hexameter ...
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