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Sixth (6th) Declension?

I'm on page 42 of Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina and came across the words "it" and "eunt." I looked them up using William Whitaker's Words online dictionary (http://lysy2.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/words.exe?it) and discovered that they are listed as being verbs in the sixth dimension, er, I mean declension.

Quid est? Declinatio sextus? Oi!

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Diacritics in Latin texts

Forgive me if this has already been asked, but I've long wondered about the (now obsolete) standard -- if it was a standard -- of using diacritics -- primarily the circumflex accent -- in Latin texts.

It is something that I have seen in very old Latin textbooks I have found in used bookstores. It seems to have been the standard in the 19th century and earlier.

There are only two patterns I have been ...
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Latin or Romace Languages


I recently looked into learning Latin and I researched a little history about it. From what I saw Spanish, Portugese, Italian, French, and Romanian all came from Latin and Vulgur Latin.

I was just wondering if I should learn romance languages first or Latin.
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Pronunciation and Spelling of u as a consonant

I'm using Reading Latin by Jones and Sidwell (Cambridge) - preparing to undertake a first degree.
This book insists on using 'u' as a consonant rather than 'v'. From what I've read this seems to be a bit of a zealots approach and is a little confusing - sometimes deciding which is consinant and which is vowel isn't easy.
Example, the opening chapters of the text (based around Pautus' Aulularia) uses the title word (which ...
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Lingua Latina - Gesture

I just noticed that on page 35 of Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina Marcus is fully expressing himself with a hand gesture. Ha! Don't get to see this in many primers! Marcus puer improbus est.

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malus, -i, f.

Can anyone teach me about the feminine noun malus, -i ?

I am familiar with:
malus, -a, -um (the adjective meaning evil, etc.)
malum, -i, neuter (a noun meaning apple, fruit, etc.)
malus, -i, masculine (a noun meaning a tall pole, ship's mast, etc.)

but I have come upon malus, -i, feminine, a noun meaning apple tree. My dictionary says only that it is derived from the Greek mhle/a and was used by Virgil. All ...
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Virosa Castorea

I'm afraid to ask but in the Georgics Vergil speaks of virosa castorea. According to my dictonary:

"castoreum, -i n. an aromatic secretion obtained from the beaver."

Quid? Quomodo? Cur? Di magni, cur???
I mean, it's even virosa!!
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Participium Futuri

Saluēte, amīcī ? carī!

I have a question regarding the future participle. I would like to know what the difference in connotation is between these two sentences:

Epistulam scrībam.

Epistulam scrīptūrus sum.

My guess is that "epistulam scrīptūrus sum" has a connotation in English like "I'm going to write a letter," whereas "epistulam scrībam" would translate best as "I will write a letter."
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Declining Latin Nouns

Hello All,

I am still trudging though D'Ooge, and I have a question about how he introduces the noun in it's declensions.

He introduces, Nom, Gen, Acc, Dat....

That's as far as I've got. The order seems weird to me, because in Greek we learned it...Nom, Gen, Dat, Acc.

Just checking to make sure that D'Ooge's way is the common way before I make my noun charts.
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Word order question.

I was curious as to the opinion of more experience Latinists. I sometimes strugle with word order in Latin, specifically when translating English to Latin. I know that the word order doesn't mean much except when something needs to be emphasized. I was thinking of ignoring (for now) the correct word order and composing my Latin sentences with the English word order.

Good idea or bad idea? What do you think?

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