<br /><br />Thanks, Bingley. So feminae and nautae are Dative! I never considered that possibility. What an odd sentence to have to translate. It's definitely the curve ball out of that set. <br />bingley wrote:<br />I think this is the same sentence but with singular and plural datives: <br /><br />Beauty is for a woman, fame for a sailor; beauty is for women, fame for sailors.<br />
<br /><br />Remember that in Latin, est can also mean "there is", hence:<br /><br />For the woman there is beauty, for the sailor fame; for the women there is beauty, for the sailors fame. <br /><br />This is really no different from "the woman has beauty, the sailor fame; the women have beauty, the sailors fame."<br /><br />MF will explain this in Unit 5, on page 88. Look up "dative of the possessor."<br /><br />Better English would say, "the women are beautiful, the sailors famous." <br /><br />An odd sentence, which at face value seems retarded, but perhaps it is an advertisement for some ancient trash romance novel? Perhaps a collection of stories in which (in)famous sailors carry off beautiful women. A commonplace in the ancient world. LOL ;D <br /><br /><br />-S.mariek wrote:<br /><br />Feminae est forma, fama nautae; feminis est forma, fama nautis.<br /><br /><br />
<br /><br />Ah... pg 88. I see! This makes me wonder why they decided to throw in this more advanced sentence early on in Unit 1. It still seems like a very strange sentence. The second part is rather redundant.<br /><br />Elucubrator wrote:<br />MF will explain this in Unit 5, on page 88. Look up "dative of the possessor."
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