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Translation question

Postby Rhuiden » Thu Aug 11, 2005 3:44 am

I am having a bit of trouble and wonder if someone might be kind enough to help me. The sentence is from Chapter 9, page 59:

ILLUD DE VITIIS ISTIUS REGINAE NUNC SCRIBAM, ET ISTA POENAS DABIT

My question is how does the ILLUD fit into the sentence. This in the Neuter form, nominative or accusitive, singular. My translation attempt is: I will now write that about the faults of that queen of yours, and that she will pay the penalty. Seems that the sentence would make better sense without the ILLUD.

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Re: Translation question

Postby benissimus » Thu Aug 11, 2005 4:17 am

Rhuiden wrote:I am having a bit of trouble and wonder if someone might be kind enough to help me. The sentence is from Chapter 9, page 59:

ILLUD DE VITIIS ISTIUS REGINAE NUNC SCRIBAM, ET ISTA POENAS DABIT

My question is how does the ILLUD fit into the sentence. This in the Neuter form, nominative or accusitive, singular. My translation attempt is: I will now write that about the faults of that queen of yours, and that she will pay the penalty. Seems that the sentence would make better sense without the ILLUD.

Thanks

Rhuiden

Hi Rhuiden,
It would make fine sense without illud but since it is there, you should translate it the way you have it. The reason for illud being there is probably just to make you practice demonstratives, but if this were in a context, there could be an implied carmen, poema, opus, etc (e.g. "I will now write this <poem/work>"). There is no "that" after the comma though, so you should just say "and she will pay the penalty".
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Postby Rhuiden » Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:12 pm

Thanks Benissimus for you response. I had not considered the implied poena, etc. It is obvious once I read your post (can't believe I did not think of it) but it was very late when I was doing the translation.

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