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Ablative of place where

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Ablative of place where

Postby Amy » Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:46 am

A sentence from Jenney:
"Hoc in loco ab animali interfectus sum."
Does the first part still translate to "in this place", despite "hoc" coming before "in"?
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Postby benissimus » Thu Apr 29, 2004 2:16 am

Yes, it does. Remember the common phrase magna cum laude "with great praise" and you will never forget this.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby Episcopus » Thu Apr 29, 2004 3:35 pm

Yes, the word order creates a different emphasis here that's all. Not only does "hoc in loco" sound more natural and idiomatic but also it may be read as "Right in this trucking place I was taken out by some animal like" (at least that's what registers with me!)
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