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Kalendae and Nonae, pl. tantum

Postby Lavrentivs » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:48 pm

Quare sunt Kalendae et Nonae plurale tantum?
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Re: Kalendae and Nonae, pl. tantum

Postby Sceptra Tenens » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:03 pm

The easy answer is "because they are", same with idus, iduum. I don't know the actual etymological reason, but my best guess would be that the words refer to all of the events of the days rather than the days themselves. The more perplexing question to me is why they are feminine - there must be some noun that nonae and probably even kalendae once agreed with, and I can't imagine it being res...
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Re: Kalendae and Nonae, pl. tantum

Postby Lavrentivs » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:43 pm

But are they adjectives?

Horae?
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Re: Kalendae and Nonae, pl. tantum

Postby Sceptra Tenens » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:49 pm

I would think that kalendae is a gerundive, and nonae is an adjective, but idus (being fourth declesion) goes against the grain.
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Re: Kalendae and Nonae, pl. tantum

Postby Lavrentivs » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:03 pm

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