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Endings

Is there an easier way to memorize the endings for Latin nouns? I've printed off D'Ooge's chart, and I carry it in my pocket, refer to it through the day, and recite them to myself without looking. Then I start reading my lessons, and I forget them all. Latin is no fun when you can't remember whether this word is nominative, accusative, dative, ablative, or genitive.

I would have thought by now that this wouldn't ...
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Please help me out

Im writing a fiction story about two groups, one who do evil, and one who prevent evil, and ive named them both in Latin.
I would really appreciate it if someone would confirm for me if i got the translation right.

Group one are called DILUO PRAVUS. I think this means 'To remove evil'

Group Two are called MALIGO-ARE. I think this means 'to do/contrive evil'

If anyone can help me out please do! I'd ...
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re: confirm translation

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Is my translation of this simple sentence from the English correct?


Example: Once upon a time there was (est) a beautiful girl.

Result: Olim puellam pulchram est.

Or: Olim est puellam pulchram.


This English-language sentence stems from the title "Latin Via Ovid-A First Course-Second Edition" on page 17.

It seems that the first one would be more correct in usage. Reason being, is the important placement of the subject and verb. What do you ...
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Ovid Ars Amatoria Liber I

From Ars Amatoria, this simple sentence:

"vir male dissumulat, tectius illa cupit."

The role of "tectius" here I find confusing. "tectius" is a NEUTER comparative adjective of tectus, NOM or ACC case. What is it modifying? Seems like it should be "illa", but the gender is wrong.

I'm pretty sure the sentence means something like

"The man pretends badly, the woman hides her desires"

What's the deal here?
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Pronunciation help.

All I need is to know how to pronounce "aestuo" it means to burn with passion or something along those lines. Tell me in terms such as "ice2o" i think thats something close to it but im not sure, thanks.
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Plural Rules

I am learning latin and in the *very* first stages heh. I have hit plurals and am a little confused, all i have is:
"Nouns that end in -a in the singular end is -ae in the plural"
What about nouns that don't end in -a? Or arn't their any?

Thanks for any help :)
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re: Latin vowels (hidden quantity)

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My serious study (via personal time) of Classical Latin is in its 5th month. Aside from the basic rules of long vowels, diphthongs, and short vowels my grandest curiosity is the so-called "hidden quantity" of vowels. Can anyone recommend audio recordings that express these various quantities?

Sincerely,

Caeruleus
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"only" as adj or adv? (+ imperative # and word ord

I only teach elementary Latin, so I haven't run across good examples of these issues yet.

I'm trying to translate the phrase "Drink only good wines" into Latin, but I'm perplexed over the "only."

In this sentence, would it be an adverb or an adjective (tantum or solus -a -um).

Secondarily, should I make the imperative "drink" singular (bibe) or plural (bibete)? What would the true classicist do?

Lastly, what about word order on a ...
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Quae?

I know this is probably a stupid question, but in this sentence: "Quae pars orationis est 'serenas'?" why is the word Quae instead of Quid? And I thought the signal "ae" was either first declension nominative plural or first declension genetive and dative singular.

Our text book (Artes Latinae) says the above sentence means, "What part of speach is the word serenas?"

Thanks!
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latin accent in golden age: pitch or stress?

hi guys,

i've read in several places that latin might have had a pitch accent rather than a stress accent in the golden age. varro talks about the "pitch" (altitudo) rather than the stress of the accent (De Lingua Latina, 210, 10-16, GS).

i know that later on, latin like greek definitely had a stress accent. but what's the evidence for the pronunciation of the accent as stress in the golden age?

i'd like to ...
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