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a small question on grammar

Postby anandam » Thu Dec 30, 2010 11:28 am

Et A et B + adjective sunt.
Both A and B are (adjective).

When the gender of A (noun) and B (noun) are different,
what should be the gender of the adjective?
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Re: a small question on grammar

Postby adrianus » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:23 pm

Attributive adjectives agree with the nearer/nearest noun. Not so for predicate adjectives: masculine for mixed living things, neuter for non-living. Your adjectives are predicate adjectives (a verb comes between the adjective and the noun, as in "the valleys and hills are green [predicate adj.]", as opposed to "the green [attributive adj.] valleys and hills spread out").
Proximo nomini attributivum adjectivum congruit. Aliter cum praedicativis, ubi masculini generis cum rebus vivantibus et non vivantibus*, neutrius cum non vivantibus. Praedicativa tua, quia verbum inter adjectivum et nomen venit.

* Post Scriptum. Or masculine with feminine, I meant to say in Latin // Et generis feminini cum masculini, quod ego negligens latinè dicere omissi.
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Re: a small question on grammar

Postby anandam » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:12 am

Thank you for your reply, adrianus.
A Happy New Year.
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Re: a small question on grammar

Postby adrianus » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:14 pm

Et tibi, anandam, Felicem Annum Inientem!
Happy New Year to you, too, anandam!
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