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Ex 90 page 38 multi standing for many men ?

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Ex 90 page 38 multi standing for many men ?

Postby Thomas3333333 » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:36 am

Salvete,

concerning Question 5 under Germania:

Multi Germanii in oppidis magnis et in vicis parvis habitant et multi sunt agricolae boni.

Is the second "multi" an instance of an adjective being used as a noun, in this case, meaning "many men" and since the men refers to Germanii, then it multi can stand alone as a noun thus arriving at the translation in your solution key "... and many are good farmers" Is this reasoning correct?

Many thanks,

Thomas
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Re: Ex 90 page 38 multi standing for many men ?

Postby modus.irrealis » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:56 am

Thomas3333333 wrote:Is the second "multi" an instance of an adjective being used as a noun, in this case, meaning "many men" and since the men refers to Germanii, then it multi can stand alone as a noun thus arriving at the translation in your solution key "... and many are good farmers" Is this reasoning correct?

That's right. But note that multi could stand as a noun even if a noun like Germanii hadn't already occurred.
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Sum gratus

Postby Thomas3333333 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:44 am

Thank you
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