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Adverb phrases

Postby elduce » Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:08 pm

Chapter 7 of Wheelock's:

1) Sentence 9:
Post bellum multos libros de pace et remediis belli videbant.

After the war, we were seeing many books of peace and remedies for the war.

Why is "Post bellum" not written "Post bello" because it is an adverbial phrase telling time of action. Wheelock's treats it as an object.

2) Could someone explain the difference between "te" and "tu"?

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Re: Adverb phrases

Postby benissimus » Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:44 am

elduce wrote:Chapter 7 of Wheelock's:

1) Sentence 9:
Post bellum multos libros de pace et remediis belli videbant.

After the war, we were seeing many books of peace and remedies for the war.

Why is "Post bellum" not written "Post bello" because it is an adverbial phrase telling time of action. Wheelock's treats it as an object.

The preposition post, like many prepositions, takes the accusative, never the ablative.

When talking about a specific time, with a word like annus, you might see something like multis post annis, but in such a case post is working as an adverb (i.e. "afterwards") and still is not taking an ablative object.

Also, in your translation, videbant should be translated in the third person, not first person.

2) Could someone explain the difference between "te" and "tu"?

tu is the nominative second person singular personal pronoun. It corresponds to the archaic English "thou" or "you" (singular nominative).

te is the accusative and ablative second person singular personal pronoun. It corresponds to the archaic English "thee" or "you" (singular accusative/ablative).
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Adverb phrases

Postby elduce » Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:18 pm

Thank you, Benissimus. Much better now.
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