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Postby spqr » Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:15 pm

How could I write "The man painted a red house" versus "The man painted the house red"?
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Re: adjectives/nouns

Postby mwh » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:03 am

in Latin you can't very well, though you can fiddle with the word order or use a cumbersome subordinate clause for the latter ("so that it was red", "to make it red" vel sim.).

In Greek it's easy, thanks to the definite article.

I recommend you learn Greek instead. :D
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Re: adjectives/nouns

Postby Seraphinus » Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:59 pm

Not to mention using "which was red" to desambiguate the first one too.

Vir pinxit domum, quae erat rubea. ("The man painted the house, which was red".)
Vir pinxit domum ut rubeam faceret. ("The man painted the house to make it red.")

Though as mwh said, it's be more natural to say Vir pinxit domum rubeam and leave the ambiguity to context...
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