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what's the original form of this word?

Postby MAHaifeng » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:22 pm

:cry: I am trying to translate Cato's "de Agri Cultura", but one sentence got me, I refered to the Latin-English dictionary again and again to understand the meaning of the word "siet", but what depressed me was that I couldn't find this word, is anybody here who can help me? I will really appreciate your help.Thanks.
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Postby Gonzalo » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:35 pm

It's the manner in which Cato uses sit (third person, singular, present of subjunctive mode of esse, to be), as far as I can understand. I have read an excerpt or selection published by Hans Orberg in a book entitled Sermones Romani (which includes I,2 from De Agri Cultura) and there's a note which states:
siet, sient=sit, sint

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Postby adrianus » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:11 am

This is just to confirm what Gonzalo is saying for the present subjunctive of esse, from the note in Allen and Greenough, New Latin Grammar, section 170, b of the old forms siem sies siet simus sitis sient for sim sis etc as Gonzalo says. Just another source to look up.
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