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Postby Mongoose42 » Mon Mar 29, 2004 7:51 pm

In a calculus course I came across a latin phrase that puzzelled me.
The phrase was "omnia linae" and was translated as all lines. The context of the phrase fits well for the translation of the feminine noun linea (geometric line, perpendicular) and I know that omnis is a third declension adjective. Shouldn't the phrase be either "omnia lina" or "omnes linae"? :?
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Postby benissimus » Mon Mar 29, 2004 8:20 pm

I would think it should be omnia lina
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Postby Kerastes » Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:27 am

The normal word for line in mathematics is linea, -ae, f. and omnia can only be neuter plural. So if it's any consolation, I'm puzzled too. "All lines" should be either omnes lineae or linea omnis.

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Postby Mongoose42 » Tue Mar 30, 2004 7:20 pm

just a note:
in the dictionary it has nom. linea gen. linae.
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Postby benissimus » Wed Mar 31, 2004 1:03 am

My dictionary does not have that. It is almost definitely a typo in yours or you are mistaken.
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Postby Mongoose42 » Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:30 pm

benissimus wrote:My dictionary does not have that. It is almost definitely a typo in yours or you are mistaken.


Mea Culpa :oops:
I misunderstood what it actually said:
"linea -ae f."

Has anyone else come across this phrase in math or anything similar?
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