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a certain problem

Postby elduce » Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:29 pm

In the back of book exercises Ch. 34, #25:

Ea nocte profectus, Caesar ad quandam insulam clarissimam venit.

I was confused by the use of quandam, and the glossary had no answer. Then I understood: quandam was really quamdam with the 'm' becoming an 'n', just like eamdem becomes eandem. Wheelock did not mention this (maybe he wanted the reader to figure it out).

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Re: a certain problem

Postby benissimus » Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:53 pm

elduce wrote:In the back of book exercises Ch. 34, #25:

Ea nocte profectus, Caesar ad quandam insulam clarissimam venit.

I was confused by the use of quandam, and the glossary had no answer. Then I understood: quandam was really quamdam with the 'm' becoming an 'n', just like eamdem becomes eandem. Wheelock did not mention this (maybe he wanted the reader to figure it out).

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It looks like you have answered your own question. The M of an accusative singular or genitive plural ending will change to N before the suffixes -dam (used with the relative pronoun) and -dem (used with the demonstrative pronoun).
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