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Kachikawawa
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cum sex annos natus essem

Post by Kachikawawa » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:03 pm

Hello!!
I was trying to read Regulus, and I've read this phrase: "cum sex annos natus essem".
Could I use "natus sum" instead?
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Re: cum six annos natus essem

Post by mwh » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:22 pm

No six please, we’re not British.

I’m sure someone will give you a more sensible answer.

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Re: cum six annos natus essem

Post by Kachikawawa » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:36 pm

Oh, I will correct that, thanks!!

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Re: cum sex annos natus essem

Post by Timothée » Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:56 pm

I don’t have the book, but the logic does point to cum historicum (which governs conjunctive past or pluperfect), here with essem. Cum historicum is very common, used in narration which takes place in the past. ‘When I was six years old, — —.’

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Re: cum sex annos natus essem

Post by mwh » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:48 pm

By “conjunctive” Timothée means what among English-speakers is called “subjunctive.” And by “cum historicum” he means cum used with reference to the past; cum with a past subjunctive, e.g. essem, is in "historic" (aka secondary) "sequence," implying that the main verb too will have reference to the past. He doesn’t explain why the subjunctive rather than the indicative is used, and nor do I, sorry.

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Re: cum sex annos natus essem

Post by Kachikawawa » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:09 am

Thanks!!

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Re: cum sex annos natus essem

Post by mwh » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:52 am

Please don't correct your posts retroactively. It spoils my jokes (and that was such a good one!).

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Re: cum sex annos natus essem

Post by Kachikawawa » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:22 pm

Ok :lol: :lol:

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