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Postby Asterix » Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:37 pm

Hello Everybody,

I'm advancing with the Beginner's Book gradually but I have a question:

Is there any rule of the accents in the conjugation of verbs ?

I wonder why they change from conjugation to conjugation and from time to time.

Is there any rule to handle this problem ?
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Postby Kasper » Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:00 am

Gaude! Latin doesn't have any accents - they are just there to assist a beginning learner with pronunciation.

They are called macrons and tell you whether a syllable is long or short. Very handy when you are writing poetry, but otherwise not all that important really.
“Cum ego verbo utar,” Humpty Dumpty dixit voce contempta, “indicat illud quod optem – nec plus nec minus.”
“Est tamen rogatio” dixit Alice, “an efficere verba tot res indicare possis.”
“Rogatio est, “Humpty Dumpty responsit, “quae fiat magister – id cunctum est.”
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Postby benissimus » Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:46 am

Well... Latin does have a stress accent, though you will rarely ever see the accent written down. The rules for accents of verbs are the same as for all other Latin words; these rules should be detailed in the first sections or introduction of any textbook. If you are referring to the straight lines over some vowels, as Kasper assumes, then you are indeed talking about macrons and not accents. Sometimes (just to confuse things) writers do use acute accent marks to represent long vowels.
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Postby Asterix » Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:34 am

Thanx for your kind reply.

I did mean the accents and not the length of vocals.

I'm a Beginner but not beginning from point zero.

I thought the accents were determined like in English, German or Russian.

I will have a review of the rules in the first chapters.

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