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Translation help.

Postby petespits » Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:05 pm

Liber tuus et lectus est et legitur a me cum diligentia. Vis autem verborum intellegi non potest.

I'm confused by the first sentence. "liber" and "lectus" are both nom. sing. and "legitur" is 3rd passive.

Any hints would be great. I can't make sense of it.

For the second sentence I translated it as "However, he was not able to understand the power of words."
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Re: Translation help.

Postby Imber Ranae » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:28 pm

Lectus est is the perfect passive form of legere. It's not from the noun lectus,-i "bed". The et's are coordinating the two verbs: "Your book both was read and is being read by me with diligence." Intellegi is present passive infinitive, so: "The force of the words, however, cannot be understood." ("by me" being understood.)
Ex mala malo
bono malo uesci
quam ex bona malo
malo malo malo.
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Re: Translation help.

Postby ptolemyauletes » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:28 pm

I think lectus est is more likely to be read in it's literal meaning 'to choose'
Hence 'your book was chosen and is being read...'
But it is hard to tell for sure. Seems to make more sense?
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Re: Translation help.

Postby benissimus » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:22 am

I tend to side with ImberRanae, just because I think a good author would avoid the ambiguity of using two radically different meanings of lego right beside each other without further clarification. The way I interpret it is "I've read your book and I'm still in the process of reading it, but I can't get the gist of it."
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Re: Translation help.

Postby ptolemyauletes » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:47 am

Yes, I see and agree. That makes sense.
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