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Adler: question concerning exercise 31

Postby Carolus Raeticus » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:20 pm

Salvete!

In Exercise 31 of his Practical Grammar Adler gives the following sentences and provides (in his key to the exercises) the accompanying Latin translations:

  • Q: Has the son of your friend as many coats as shirts? - Suntne amici tui filio tot togae quot indusia?
  • A: He has as many of the one as of the other. - Sunt ei quot alterorum, tot alterarum.
  • Q: Have we as many boots as shoes? - Habemusne tam multas caligas quot calceos?
  • A: We have as many of the one as of the other. Habemus vero quot alterorum, tot alterarum (illarum).

Why does Adler reverse the order in the answer?
  • Question 1: togae - indusia. Answer 1: alterorum (indusiorum) - alterarum (togarum)
  • Question 2: caligas - calceos. Answer 2: alterorum (calceorum) - alterarum/illarum (caligarum)

It can be no error in the key, as he does the same on page 103 of his Practical Grammar.

Valete,

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Re: Adler: question concerning exercise 31

Postby adrianus » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:29 pm

"The Romans are fond of inverting the logical order of these clauses, and of saying quot—tot...as Cras et quot dies (= tot dies, quot) erimus in Tusculano, Tomorrow and as many days as we shall be in Tusculanum." (Adler, p.103)
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Adler: question concerning exercise 31

Postby bedwere » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:31 pm

Maybe to illustrate a chiasmus? :)
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Re: Adler: question concerning exercise 31

Postby Carolus Raeticus » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:39 pm

Hi,

thanks to both you (interesting idea concerning the chiasmus).

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Re: Adler: question concerning exercise 31

Postby Qimmik » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:16 pm

Quot editores, tot Propertii.
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