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Postby little flower » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:43 pm

hi team
a question. in adler (perpetual ex's) why is 'Which sugar' Quid sacchari in the nom and acc. (lesson 3 ,page 11)?

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Postby adrianus » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:36 pm

Salve Floriculus.

Sugar is neuter, and the nominative and accusative cases of the neuter interrogative pronoun "quis, quis, quid" are the same. Sacchari is genitive, because the question in Latin is put in a way similar in English to "Which one of sugar?", I understand.
Neutri generis verbum "saccharum". Pronomen interrogativum neutri generis est "quid", cuius nominativus casus idem est qui accusativus. "Sacchari" genitivo casu est, quià taliter latinè dicitur, ut credo.
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Postby little flower » Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:36 pm

thanks adrianus
1 other little problem. in the sentence 'Which paper do you have.? why is it
Quam chartam habes ? rather than the nominative.?

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Postby spiphany » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:43 pm

chartam is the object of the verb, hence, accusative. Don't be confused by the word order. Just because it's first doesn't make it the subject. The subject is "you" (habes). If you think about the meaning of the sentence, this should make sense.
IPHIGENIE: Kann uns zum Vaterland die Fremde werden?
ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
(Goethe, Iphigenie auf Tauris)
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Postby little flower » Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:10 pm

thanks spiphany
what you said makes sense.

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