pommefritz wrote:Thanks so much for your reply! I feel a lot better. I'm enjoying the endless examples in Collar's book (I felt very confused until I started doing them, and found through practice that things became very self-explanatory) - but his lack of explanation worries me sometimes. Now that I realize how flexible the word order is, I think the examples will start making much more sense to me.
I have another related question after working through more of the examples. A few sections down, this sentence appears:
Nautae grata sunt ova et vinum agricolae boni.
I'm pretty lost on the meaning here. If the <i>grata</i> is left out, since nautae is in dative case I'm guessing the meaning is "The sailors have the eggs and wine of the good farmers." The addition of "pleasing" to this equation is confusing in the sense of - is it "pleasing sailors" (pleasing to others) or "happy sailors" (ie pleasing to themselves - they're happy about having the eggs and wine)? Or am I missing the real meaning of the sentence?