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Quomodo dicere?

Postby Quis ut Deus » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:31 pm

Salvete Amici Amicaeque!

Quaestionem habeo:

Quid est mos melior latine dicerndi "If only it were so."

Fortasse "si modo sic esset?"

Valete!
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Re: Quomodo dicere?

Postby cb » Mon Jun 07, 2010 2:15 pm

hi, i would use VTINAM plus imperfect subjunctive. see woodcock pgs 88-89, s116 (in particular at the top of pg 89, paragraph (b) (referring to the present)):
http://books.google.fr/books?id=WmT6mS5v4dAC&pg=PA88

cicero said something very close to your sentence above (“QVOD VTINAM ITA ESSET!”) in his letter to atticus in book 11, letter 12, s3:
http://books.google.fr/books?id=fcurWFgaTXcC&pg=PA36

cheers, chad :)
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Re: Quomodo dicere?

Postby ptolemyauletes » Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:33 pm

I might also suggest using a gerund for your question.
'quid est mos melior dicendi Latine...'

The use of the infinitive seems a bit off to me...

I know that's nothing to do with your query, but it might help nonetheless.

BTW I agree with cb about utinam.
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