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Politically correct plural adjective agreement?

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Politically correct plural adjective agreement?

Postby Interaxus » Sun May 15, 2005 2:47 am

I came across the following sentences in First Latin Lessons by Parsons and Little, 1926:

Pueri et puellae Siciliae ieiunae erant. (=hungry)
Viri et feminae Siciliae non sunt mali. (=bad)
Pueri et puellae sunt ieiunae.

I came across the 'same' sentences in First Latin Lessons (revised and enlarged - and partly based on the earlier book) by Breslove and Dale, 1938:

Pueri et puellae Siciliae ieiunae erant.
Viri et feminae Siciliae non sunt malae.
Pueri et puellae sunt ieiunae.

Were textbook authors already fumbling with PC concepts in those days? I thought I read somewhere that the masculine ending was dominant. Anyone know the 'rules'?

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Postby whiteoctave » Sun May 15, 2005 10:07 am

the policy was either: (i) masculine and feminine nouns should together take a male adjective, or (ii) the adjective should agree with the nearest noun in gender. All in all (i) is better when discussing people.

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Postby Interaxus » Sun May 15, 2005 10:45 am

Thanks. That makes perfect sense.

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