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Wheelock's Chap. 32, SA#4

Postby Faith+1 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:45 pm

Sorry to ask such an obvious question, but this escapes me.

Wheelock's Chapter 32 SA #4: Plus novisti quid faciendum sit. What use of the subjunctive might this be with the future passive participle. Is this a subjunctive passive periphrastic construction? thanks.
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Re: Wheelock's Chap. 32, SA#4

Postby Qimmik » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:29 pm

quid faciendum sit -- this is subjunctive because it's an indirect question. It's what Allen & Greenough call the "second periphrastic conjugation"--a form of esse + gerundive (or "future passive participle"; here neuter because impersonal), implying obligation or necessity.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0001%3Apart%3D1%3Asection%3D27%3Asubsection%3D11%3Asmythp%3D194

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0001%3Apart%3D1%3Asection%3D27%3Asubsection%3D11%3Asmythp%3D196
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