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Postby masuro » Fri Dec 17, 2004 4:12 am

In Lesson VII of D'Ooge we are asked to translate the sentence, "Where does the farmer live?"

I wrote, 'Agricola ubi habitat?' but the answer key says, 'Ubi agricola habitat?'

I know Latin word order isn't set in stone but what about questions? Must the question word come at the beginning of a sentence?
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Postby installer_swan » Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:14 am

I think D'Ooge mentions somewhere that in questions the question word occurs first in a sentence usually.

Agricola ubi habitat? lay more stress on the agricola it is more like :[]b Where does the farmer live?[/b]

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Postby benissimus » Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:32 am

That word order is often seen in poetry, but it is quite odd in most other cases to have the interrogative come afterwards, even when emphasis is desired.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby masuro » Fri Dec 17, 2004 8:14 am

Thanks for your help. I'll stick to keeping the question word first unless I feel poetic. :)
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