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Aliquis vs. Quisquam

Was anyone else confused by A&G's explanation of the difference between aliquis and quisquam? It goes something like this:<br /><br />
<br />Iustitia numquam nocet cuiquam. Justice never does harm to anybody.<br /> <br />
<br /><br />That is more or less the extent to which he explains their differences. (i.e., that is his best explanation of the few.)
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Classical vs Medieval Latin

I discovered just recently that my expected next-step-in-Classical-Latin course is going to be a Medieval Latin course instead. It starts next week - or, at least, the term does, 'cause the course is by correspondence, again, as usual....<br /><br />I'm wondering if anyone out there has done anything with Medieval Latin as well as Classical, and if there is any advice before I jump off the cliff into something at least slightly new.....<br /><br />Much ...
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Latin Vocab List

Ah, Hello. Browsing the internet for help with learning latin vocabulary, I came across this list of 1000-odd words compiled by an English examining board - apparently it's supposed to help people prepare for AS-level exams (the kind English and Welsh 17 year olds take). Nevertheless, it's quite nice to see how many words you know:<br /><br />http://www.ocr.org.uk/OCR/WebSite/Data/Publication/Teacher%20Support%20%26%20Coursework%20Guidance/cquartetOCRTempFileD1aYC6kb96.pdf<br /><br />Apparently fluent non-native speakers of a modern language know 10000 words...<br /><br /> ...
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Q about Vitt's Latin Phrase list

<br />I have a question about the format of this Latin-Word-a-Day site.<br />http://mail.minnehahaacademy.net/Lists/latin-phrase/Message/43.html<br /><br />They have words listed like this:<br /><br />feles/felem<br />luna/lunam<br />nox/noctem<br />umbra/umbram<br />etc.<br /><br />I know the first word is the Nominative Singular.<br />The second word looks like the Accusative Singular.<br /><br />My question is... why did they do it that way? Why not do it like the dictionaries by giving the Genitive Singular for the second word?<br /><br />
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Glidersleeve vs. A&G New Latin Grammar

While I wait patiently for Glidersleeve to arrive (in about 2-3 weeks :'( I was wondering what others think of it. Perhaps this has already been discussed, if so please point me to the topic. <br /><br />I have also been flipping through A&G New Latin Grammar on Textkit (yay Textkit! :) ) but havn't purchased my own copy yet.<br /><br />Are Glidersleeve and A&G too similar ...
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Question regarding the expression of disproportion

Is there much, if any, difference of signification amongst the following means of expressing diproportion in Latin?<br /><br />1. quam pro<br />2. quam ut<br />3. quam qui<br /><br />Sententiae exempli cavsa adsvnt. (I hope that translates well. ;) )<br /><br />1. Minor caedes quam pro tanta victoria fuit.<br />The loss was too small for so great a victory.<br /><br />2. Quis non intellegit Canachi signa rigidiora esse ...
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Defective verbs

Quoting klewlis:<br /><br />Quote from: Blasius on Today at 12:30:34am <br />permulti = very many; but you must always check it on your lexicon to see whether the verb/noun to which you have added the prefix "per" was used or not by classical authors.<br /> <br />why? can't i use it anyway even if they didn't? (or maybe they did and we just don't have record of it ;) ...
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2 Infin + possum/iubeo/veto etc.

See french ex. "je vous demande d'aller manger" <br />I ask you to go and eat. <br /><br />is this possible: "because I can order you to teach..." <br />"quia vos iubere docere possum"<br /><br />Is this a ridiculous assumption? How two infin.? <br /><br />Somebody mentioned the gerundive but with that "I'm like 'ya whatever' " I do be afraid :-[
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A strange word for which, seemingly, there is no account

<br />SI QVA SIGNIFICATIO VIRTVTIS ELVCEAT AD QVAM SE SIMILIS ANIMVS ADPLICET ET ADIVNGAT.<br /><br /><br />If any sign of virtue should shine forth, to which a similar disposition may attach itself.<br /><br /><br />I have never ecountered the word "QVA" (without a macron). Can anyone help?<br /><br />Note: underlined letters signify letters with macrons - that should have been pretty obvious. :)
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Word of the Day 8-22

After embarassingly little searching through my dictionary, I stumbled across today's word, which is andabata! This exciting word is one of the several types of gladiators (does anybody know them all?).<br /><br />andabata, andabatae masculine<br /><br />This poor fool was the class of gladiator who had to fight with a helmet. "What's so bad about that?" you might ask. Well, an andabata's helmet had no holes for his eyes ...
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