Nominative 'Pater' and Accusative Plural of 'Familia'? I know it's idiomatic but why is acc. pl. used to describe the mother or father (pater) of the family? It does seem very strange.
On page 149 he has Iulius saying to his wife Aemilia: 'Tempus amorem meum non minuit, immo vero auget!"
Iulius: "Ille vir pessimus te dignus non erat!" Orberg explains in the margin as follows: dignus, -a, -um (+abl: te/amore tuo d.)
Iulius tells Aemilia that her appetite has increased since they were first married: "Ergo plus es quam tunc, Aemilia."
What is the gender of 'plus' here? Why the switch away from neuter? Does 'plus' qualify 'Aemilia'? It would seem to qualify an imputed thing that is eaten - ergo - food or the neuter 'id' mentioned above?
Aemilia tells Iulius: "...etiam familiam tempore augeri? Why is 'augeri' in passive voice? Is 'Augere' transitive? Given that it is passive voice then why is 'familiam' in accusative and not in nominative.....'
pmda wrote:Surely 'es' here is 2nd person singular of the verb edo, edere - to eat and and not 2nd person singular of Sum, Esse, the verb to be and he's telling her that she eats more now than she used to??!!