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Sound Changes

One thing I have noticed in learning Latin is that a lot of the so-called irregularities are sound changes.<br /><br />For example: (stem ends in g + ending begins with s yields x) <br /><br />For short, I write: g + s -> x<br />another one is: g + t -> ct<br /><br />I have three questions:<br />
  • Does anyone have a list of these changes that they would share?
  • For the verb absum would the ...
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Help please

I am trying to read Cornelius Nepos' life of Militiades and have got stuck on the first sentence:<br /><br />Miltiades, Cimonis filius, Atheniensis, cum et antiquitate generis et gloria maiorum et sua modestia unus omnium maxime floreret eaque esset aetate, ut non iam solum de eo bene sperare, sed etiam confidere cives possent sui, talem eum futurum, qualem cognitum iudicarunt, accidit ut Athenienses Chersonesum colonos vellent mittere.<br /> <br />I would translate it as:<br /><br ...
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Poll (the manual kind)

What is/was the most confusing thing for you when you are/were at a beginner-intermediate stage of learning Latin? Hopefully, this will stir up ideas for new tutorials :D
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vetus, veteris

Stuck on 3rd decl adjectives again!<br /><br />vetus, veteris - old.<br /><br />I'm working through both Wheelock and Beginner's Latin Book (downloaded from Textkit), and BLB has declined vetus with an ablative singular vetere, gen plural veterum and neuter nom/acc vetera.<br /><br />Wheelock has it that all 3rd decl adjectives have ablative singular -i, gen plural -ium and neuter nom/acc -ia.<br /><br />Has wheelock oversimplified? If so, how can one tell how 3rd decl adjectives ...
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Nominative Case

(and the barrage of questions begins...)<br /><br />Is a noun in the nominative case always the subject of the verb in any given sentence? Surely there must be exceptions....Wheelocks says: "The Romans used the nominative case most commonly to indicate the subject of a finite verb." <br /><br />So when were there exceptions and in those examples, which case was used as the subject?
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salveo, salvere

In Wheelocks Ch. 1 (we move very slowly at school I know!) it lists:<br /><br />salveo, salvere: to be well, be in good health<br /><br />If this is a verb and since verbs have 4 principle parts (which was mentioned the page before the vocab) then why are the 3rd and 4th ones not mentioned? Is this one of those incomplete verbs mentioned in another thread where the 3rd and 4th principle parts mentioned have ...
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grammar lesson needed

Vale patria mea. <br /> Farewell\good-bye my native\fatherland land.<br /><br /> vale = farewell\ be strong, (goodbye)<br /> finite verb, 2nd conj., 2nd person, singular, Imper. Act.<br /><br /> patria = fatherland \country\native land <br /> noun, (f) 1st dec., voc., singular, Indic., Act. <br /><br /> mea = my<br />adj.? (f) 1st dec., voc., singular, Indic. Act. (agreeing with it’s noun)<br /><br />My trouble with this is: mea is not a voc. sing. ending ...
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I need your brains!

Can anyone think of any prepositions/prefices other than these:<br /><br />se<br />de<br />inter<br />circum<br />per<br />a/ab/abs<br />ad<br />super<br />ultra<br />infra<br />extra<br />intra<br />sub<br />contra<br />prae<br />pro<br />ante<br />iuxta<br />cum/con<br />prope<br />apud<br />in<br />e/ex<br />usque<br />propter<br />sine<br />ob/obs<br />post<br />re/red
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Help! lol

1.Monent me si erro.<br />1. They warn\advise me if I err.<br /><br />monent = they warn\ advise verb, 2nd conj., 3rd person, plural, Indic., Act.<br />me = me<br />si = if <br />erro = I err verb 1st conj. 1st person singular Indic. Act.<br /><br />Obviously si = if \ & me = me \ but why ? what's the grammar behind the sense of it??? <br />I'm going back to the begining and starting ...
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