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Agreement / nouns and adjectives

Postby pmda » Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:44 am

I'm not sure about something.

In answer to a question in Orberg's LLPSI : Unde venit lux lunae?

I have given the answer: Luna luce sole illustratur - i.e. the moon is lit by sunlight.

Is my use of 'sole' - ablative of sol, -is correct? Or should I have written Luna luce solis illustrator - or would either be OK?
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Re: Agreement / nouns and adjectives

Postby furrykef » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:38 am

I'm pretty sure it needs to be sōlis: "by/with the light of the sun". I can't imagine why "lūce sōle" would make sense, because neither "lūx" nor "sōl" is an adjective, so there's no apparent way that one could be modifying the other.

You could possibly say "Lūna sōle illustrātur", though, in which case you see the sun as an instrument by which the moon is lighted.
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Re: Agreement / nouns and adjectives

Postby adrianus » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:41 pm

furrykef wrote:I can't imagine why "lūce sōle" would make sense, because neither "lūx" nor "sōl" is an adjective

It can mean "by the light from the sun", furrykef.
Ità potest significari: "per lucem [a] sole"
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