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Idle question

Someone told me today that when you learn Latin in the U.S.A., you're taught to write your Latin sentences in this order: subject-verb-direct object-indirect object. Ave Maria purissima! (Sine labe concepta.)

I didn't want to believe such a blasphemy and defended my quasi-compatriots' syntactical honor with cape and sword. Please tell me it's not true!
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Comparative and superlative

I am working on comparative and superlative and hope someone can check this and correct me if I have made errors.
(comparative and superlative english is maybe not correct, so do take that in mind)

1) prudentier from others
prudentior ceteris

2) worthier of glory from other soldiers
dignior laude omni militibus

3) from all boys eagerest of love
omnium puerorum cupidissimus amoris

4) from all girls most prudent
omnium puellarum prudentissima

5) more eager ...
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Where to buy books in orginal Latin?

Any link to stores where I can get the Latin classics in Latin text?
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Translation of "a sniff"

What word would you use for "a sniff"?

For instance, in the sentences "give it a sniff", "I had a sniff of it"?

Thank you!

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Important translation confirmation needed.

Took me a little while to do this. I just want a confirmation on my Latin to English translation, see if I did it right. Needs to be done by Sunday night, quite important also.

Graecī et Trōiānī bellum longum pugnant. tandem aliī Graecōrum
ad īnsulam Tenedum nāvigant et aliī in ligneō equō latent. ignārī dolī
Trōiānī in Trōiam equum portant. laetī sunt et multa convīvia multō
cum vīnō parant. tum somnus Trōiānōs habet. Graecī ...
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Looking for someone to look over these few sentences I did.

First excercise I must say what case it is and then translate the sentence. Thanks for your help!

19. 1.Templum dis aedificant. Dis – Dative – Indirect Object, We build temples for the gods.

2. Videtisne turbam nautarum . Nautarum – Genitive – Possesion, Do you (pl.) see the crowd of sailors.

3. Et donum et fabulae puellis placent. Fabulae – Nominative – Subject, puellis – dative Indirect object, Both the gifts and stories are ...
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Sequence of tenses

i work in IT and have been studying latin for about 3 years. I use an ancient textbook which was published in 1964 and I am confused about how to translate these sentences for with regards to sequence of tenses:

1. We do not know how many girls there were
2.I was wondering why you feared us
3. Tell me why you are afraid

I would much appreciate if somebody could both translate them ...
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I have translated one sentence from latin to english and two from english to latin.

This is quote of Cicero, for poet Arches:
"Literarum studia adulescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis rebus perfugium ac solacium praebent."

My translation:
Literature wishes to feed youth, rejoy oldage, adorn happiness, and proffer
haven and comfort in adversity.

Sentences from english to latin:

1) Golden equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius has been on Capitol.
In Capitalio Marcii ...
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sunt pueri pueri

saluete omnes

I remember a former teacher of mine quoting this in Latin:

sunt pueri pueri pueri puerilia tractant

I am just wondering if the conditional clause does not need a subordinating conjunction. Any thoughts?

gratias uobis ago et diem bonum opto
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super alta vectus Attis celeri rate maria

Nuper Benissimus noster et nescioquis inter se disputabant num antiquii usus sint forma plurali verbi maris. Non tantum huic verbo est forma pluralis sed etiam Catullus noster illa usus est. Ecce

super alta vectus Attis celeri rate maria
Phrygium ut nemus citato cupide pede tetegit
adiitque opaca silvis redimita loca deae
stimulatus ibi furenti rabie, vagus animis,
devolsit ile acuto sibi pondera silicis.

Kynetus Vester
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