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Help identifying a technical form - understood subjects.

Postby sr10ca » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:22 am

Hi all,

I'm working through a passage and I have to identify verbs, their forms and their subject and object.

I'm having trouble with a side comment: "neque erat difficile scire" (and it was not difficult to know)

I know that my main verb is erat and the object is the predicate adjective difficile. So that suggests to me that "erat" is a copulative (linking) verb with an internal subject. Or is this an impersonal verb? Or is there another term for this kind of construction.

So very, very confused.
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Re: Help identifying a technical form - understood subjects.

Postby MatthaeusLatinus » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:32 am

scire is the subject here, erat is its verb. Very straightforward sentence; similar English construction. I don't see your problem.
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Re: Help identifying a technical form - understood subjects.

Postby sr10ca » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:55 am

Ah, my "problem" was that I wasn't aware that an infinitive could function as a subject. Just because you found it simple doesn't mean everybody else does.

Thank you for the help though. Makes much more sense.
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Re: Help identifying a technical form - understood subjects.

Postby Kasper » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:09 am

I agree. We are all at different levels of understanding or learning, and what may seem simple to one person may appear very complex to another. There is no utility in a dismissive type of response. It limits discussion and sets up barriers for asking questions, to the detriment of us all.
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Re: Help identifying a technical form - understood subjects.

Postby MatthaeusLatinus » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:05 am

Non intellexi rogantis difficultatem.
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