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A sentence from Jenney:
"Hoc in loco ab animali interfectus sum."
Does the first part still translate to "in this place", despite "hoc" coming before "in"?
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Yes, it does. Remember the common phrase magna cum laude "with great praise" and you will never forget this.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Yes, the word order creates a different emphasis here that's all. Not only does "hoc in loco" sound more natural and idiomatic but also it may be read as "Right in this trucking place I was taken out by some animal like" (at least that's what registers with me!)
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