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strange inflection

I came upon this sentence recently in an old text-book:
Ariadne identidem querebatur Thesea pollicitum esse se fidelem futurum esse.
Now, am I being dense? "Ariadne kept on complaining that 'Thesea' had promised he would be faithful." That is my translation - but why does 'Thesea' end in an A? I know it's a Greek name, but it should be masculine accusative, and I don't think Greek nouns ending in EUS have an accusative A ...
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ooh...creem...

Well, at 3:30 am last "night" I was on an exercise rampage. Then I came across something strange, due to an understandable yet now corrected mistake.

Let's see if Allen and Greenfluff can answer this: what is the present 1st person singular subjunctive of "creare"?

Surely it can't be creem? I know that it would be pronounced "creh-em" but such an elegant language should not hold such childish subjunctivses.

Ponder that thought, or "fieri potest ...
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question

What are quaestiones obliquas and verba constantia?

thank you.
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#2 Expressing Purpose

N&H Page 4, Exercise 2

1. Do not send me to ask for peace.
2. We have gone home to see our friends.
3. I have bought a horse that I might not be tired.
4. You had gone to Italy to see the king's son.
5. He went to the city lest he should see his father.
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#1 Answers

1. Tell me why you are afraid.
2. We do not know what he is doing.
3. I do not know how many ships there were.

1. Dic mihi cur timeas (verearis, metuas).
2. Nescimus quid faciat.
3. Nescio quot naves (quantum navium) fuerint.


Feel free to discuss, correct, explain, and argue in a scholarly manner :D
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That evil subjunctive!

I am not satisfied with how Wheelock taught the subjunctive, and I just want to know how one might say certain things. I also hate the fact that in the readings in the back, I will see a word in the subjunctive that I don’t understand, look at the helpful area at the bottom to find out why, and it says: “Why in subjunctive?” Agh! I don’t know; so don’t ask me, Wheelock! I flip ...
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two questions

I have two grammatical questions, both sort of related. According to my grammar book after a verb of saying or thinking you get the infinitive.
It gives the example:

Dicit Romanos arma adversariis tradere.

Very nice indeed.

But how would you translate a sentence like

"he says the romans are willing to surrender their arms to the enemy"

and what about an imperative

""come in" she said."
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Tu atque cuius exercitus

To keep the fun in translating I have taken up the habit of translating songs that are stuck in my head. Today it was 'you and whose army' by radiohead. Now, I have a few questions of translation, are these correct?

you think drive me crazy
putas me insanum agere

you think you can take us on
putas nos vicendi potere

for the holy roman empire
pro sancto imperio romano

tonight we ride ghost horses ...
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re: self-test

Forum:

Can I have these confirmed as properly translated?

These sentences stem from "Latin Via Ovid-A First Course-2nd Edit.-1982."

From page 17:

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

--Olim erat puella pulchra. Or, Olim puella pulchra erat.


2. Europa lives in Phoenica.

--Europa in Phoenica habitat.


3. Jupiter desires the beautiful maiden.

--Iuppiter puellam pulchram desiderat.


4. The god changes himself into a bull.

--Deus se in taurum transformat.


5. ...
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The Subjunctive in indirect questions

I understand that interrogative words need to go in there, or num for a yes or no question, but are there any other constructions that I should watch out for? I was reading A&G today talking about infinitives in rhetorical questions. Basically this needs an expert to answer in English that I may understand. It was really strange, A&G had loads of pages on indirect speech, most of which I did not understand. There were ...
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