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The usage of a verb in the reading materials

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The usage of a verb in the reading materials

Postby runicus » Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:58 pm

Salvete,omnes

I was trying to read the materials in the textbook with the aid of the Latin English Vocabulary,and when I was in the story of Hercules killing the lion, I got some problem in understanding:
"Eurytheus,qui perterrebatur vi et corpore ingenti Herculis et eum OCCIDI studebat"
I guess the uppercase word is in present passive infinitive,my question is why isn't it active instead,ie,OCCIDERE?
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Postby bellum paxque » Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:25 pm

Studeo can take the accusative infinitive construction. Thus, read eum occidi together: for him to be killed. Make more sense, now?

I would have expected the active infinitive myself.

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Postby Andrus » Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:15 pm

Hi Runicus and Bellum,

I think if the infinitive active was used it would imply that Eurytheus himself would like to kill Hercules. As he is terrified by Hercules he desires that Hercules to be killed, but not by him, and then the usage of the passive form.

At least it was the way I took it when I translated this text.

Hope this helps,

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Postby bellum paxque » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:45 pm

I think you're right, Andrus. Maybe in English we could render this as, "he was eager to have him killed."

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Postby Andrus » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:35 pm

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