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Why accusative: centesimum quemque ?

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Why accusative: centesimum quemque ?

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:18 am

I'm looking for help on a use of accusative case: In Orberg's LLPSI Ch XVII line XXX we have the Magister asking Sextus to count up to 1000. And when Sextus says: "Longum est tot numeros dicere!" The magister answers: "At satis est decem numeros dicere, id est centesimum quemque".

Why doesn't he say: '...id est centesimus quisque' - why is he using the accusative for a construction 'id est....'?
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Re: Why accusative: centesimum quemque ?

Postby Craig_Thomas » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:44 am

I think there's ellipsis here. It is really "id est centesimum quemque dicere."
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Re: Why accusative: centesimum quemque ?

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:26 am

Craig, thanks. that looks like the right answer to me.
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Re: Why accusative: centesimum quemque ?

Postby furrykef » Sat Oct 02, 2010 3:06 am

Yep: "It is enough to say only ten numbers, that is, each hundredth." = "It is enough to say each hundredth number."

Likewise: "Satis est satis est decem numeros dicere, id est centesimum quemque." = "Satis est centesimum quemque numerum dicere."
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