furrykef wrote:I'm a bit confused about "multum", myself, because when used with uncountable nouns like "aqua" and "pecūnia" (money), I seem to encounter it used either way: "multa aqua" (with "multa" agreeing in gender) or "multum aquae" (where "multum" is always a neuter noun). Perhaps somebody could clarify this for me: is there a difference, or are these entirely equivalent?
From what I've read, the constructions are generally* equivalent in meaning. But it doesn't have to be an uncountable noun, e.g. from Woodcock's A New Latin Syntax, "navium quod fuerat coegerant" or even "quid mulieris uxorem habes!". I think, though, that in classical Latin prose, the genitive construction is preferred only with certain pronouns and adjectives like "multus", and is rarer with thing like the example "vana rerum" = "vain things" you find in poetry.
* Woodcock also has the example "quid praemii erit" = "what will there be by way of reward" as different from "quod praemium erit", but I'm not really sure I get the difference he's aiming at.