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relative or not?

Postby Rossini » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:13 pm


In a new translation of Erasmus' Adagia, the subtitle 'quibus ex rebus accedit novitas paroemiae' is translated with 'ce qui donne au proverbe son originalité'. It appears that quibus is considered a relative pronoun. But what is the antecedent, even unexpressed? Isn't more logical to consider the whole sentence a question?

Thanks for your opinions!
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Re: relative or not?

Postby adrianus » Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:10 pm

quibus ex rebus = ex quibus rebus

It is indeed a question, but the French translation works fine, I think
Quaestio vera est at bona ista versio in gallicam, puto.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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