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Praeteritum singularis

Postby pmda » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:19 pm

This is latin for the preterite tense in singular. Why is it written like this? 'Praeteritum' is neuter and 'singularis' is masculine shouldn't one of these words have an adjectival role?
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Re: Praeteritum singularis

Postby modus.irrealis » Sun Nov 07, 2010 4:44 pm

Grammatical terms are very concise and usually drop the noun. Also Latin tends to use the genitive where English would use an adjective. So its praeteritum [tempus] singularis [numeri] = the preterite tense of the singular number. Singularis is genitive here.
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Re: Praeteritum singularis

Postby pmda » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:49 pm

Thanks for your replies. very concise and clear.
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