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stupid infinitives

hi. im wondering when exactly to use the words posse and esse. I believe those are the infinitives of "to be" and "able to be". but im not sure when to use them. i went through the all of the exercises in the wheelocks chapter where they are introduced, without once using those two words, while im sure i should have. so when would posse and esse be used?
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agreement of nouns/adjectives

With nouns whose gender is not usual for their declension, do their modifying adjectives follow the gender, or the declensioal paradigm? I'm thinking specifically of certain first declension nouns that are masculine rather than feminine (nauta, agricola).

That is, to say 'of the great sailor', would it be

de magna nauta
de magno nauta
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Language chat rooms

I want to give you all a link to a language comunity with chat rooms so that the textkit comunity could start using it for anciet greek and latin. They have a classics room but it is allways empty. Using chat rooms is a great way to practice languages and speacially this kind of languages!
To FilliusLunae: This is forum aberto. Found it. Lets's start using latin in chat rooms!
Here you go: ...
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coepi and odi

How do you translate odi? I hated? If this defective has no present indicative how is it used? E.g. how do I say 'I hate'?

Similarly how to use coepisse since Wheelock's says this verb is perfect system only?

Thank You
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Why two accusatives?

In the first story of "38 Latin Stories", on line 1:

Iapetus duos filios, Prometheum et Epimetheum habet.

Prometheus and Epimetheus are the direct objects of "habet", so are in the accusative. The fragment duos filios are also in the accusative plural.

So my question is, can you have two direct objects? Or is the entire combination of "two sons" and "Prometheus and Epimetheus" just one direct object?

Similarly on line 3, ending on line ...
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I'm looking for a way to say blackberries (nom pl), referring to the bush, not the fruit, in Ancient Greek, preferrably in Epic, if possible.

Blackberry bushes did not thrive in Ancient Greece. In fact, they didn't exist there at all.

The most obvious thing to do is to compound a word. me/laj is the most obvious choice to say the black part - the easy part. However the Ancient Greeks did not have the ...
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Tacitus Annals XV:xliv

Mox petita dis piacula aditique Sibyllae libri

Soon a reconciliating having been sought by the gods and admittance of the books of Sibylla

this doesn't sound right, anyone have an idea?
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Anyone else using Linux, and wanting SPIonic to work?

Pete Keller (psilord) has come up with a way to make SPIonic work on Linux. The recipe has several stages. Anyone else want to give that a try? If it works for someone else, I'll add it to the "how to display Greek" sticky post.

psilord wrote:Ok. I set it up when I was not paying attention so I kinda didn't keep track of what it was I did. I reconstructed the steps the best I ...
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Oh just a little translation :þ


When ever i buy a language book I like to write in it : My first book, or second or so.

i'm not sure how to say "my first book" in greek...

i've not studied it for long now! it was a christmas present...but.

so if someone could write it to me.

thank you.
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J-B gail ancient greek alphabet abbreviations and liaisons

I have a french book written by J-B gail, from the imperial university (france, 1814) which I use for grammar.

But now, I bought my self the Hurbert Weig Smyth's grammar, and I am confused.

In the first book, there are as many as 80 liaisons and abbreviations for letters, such as sðên, chðên, taîs and so on. They look all very nice and are complexe and bizzard mix of symboles. most with êta actualy ...
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