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Exercise 237 part II

Postby Radek » Wed Feb 11, 2004 9:28 pm

2. He was hastening to your dwelling with your mother and sister.
In key there is: Ad aedificium vestrum cum matre et sorore tua properabat.

Why: tua
Why not pluralis: tuis
Mother et soror sunt due pesonae.
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Postby Episcopus » Wed Feb 11, 2004 9:54 pm

Well...assuming you're talking to 1 person the form will be tuus, a , um. I don't know why that vestrum is there unless in appropriate context.

I'd say something like "Ad aedificium tuum cum matre sororeque tuis properabat/maturabat."


Indeed! "cum matre et sorore tua" would most likely mean with his (own) mother and your sister! Not a very nice pair!
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Re: Exercise 237 part II

Postby benissimus » Sat Feb 14, 2004 4:17 am

Radek wrote:2. He was hastening to your dwelling with your mother and sister.
In key there is: Ad aedificium vestrum cum matre et sorore tua properabat.

Why: tua
Why not pluralis: tuis
Mother et soror sunt due pesonae.


I think this should be considered an error in the answer key. While it is technically correct, I can't think of any situation where it would make sense. It should be vestrum or tua but not both.
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Postby ingrid70 » Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:16 am

I've corrected the key into aedificium tuum.
As to the tua/tuis, see A&G 286: with two or more nouns the adjective is regularly plural, but often agrees with the nearest.
So you can use both tua and tuis, but tuis is more common. I will put that as first option in the answer key.

Ingrid

PS: I also changed ex. 245. It will be some time before the new version of the answer key is posted though. I'm still interested in answers, especially for the latin-english exercises.
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Re: Exercise 237 part II

Postby Skylax » Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:29 pm

Radek wrote:Why: tua
Why not pluralis: tuis
Mother et soror sunt duae personae.


Indeed, but Latin has got his own habits. Following ERNOUT, Syntaxe latine, in the literary language, an attribute adjective never agrees with two substantives. For example : cum vitam tuam et studia considero "your life and your studies" (Cicero), Tota Asia Graeciaque "Whole Asia and whole Greece" (Cicero)...
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Postby Episcopus » Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:51 pm

cum vitam tuam et studia considero

I know this can be right, but I have seen this vitam et studia tua, the tua being plural neuter.

A&G as ingrid said says that either may be used...
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