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What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:10 pm

In Orberg's LLPSI he has a sentence: Magister litteras Titi comparat cum litteris Marci, et "Litterae vestrae" inquit "aeque foedae sunt: tu, Tite, neque pulchrius neque foedius scribis quam Marcus."

Pulchrius and foedius look like neuter comparitive adjectives...but they are not, are they? Are they adverbs? It's just that one would have expected pulchre or foede - like recte and prave. Can anyone clarify what pulchrius and foedius are? Are they adverbs and (therefore) indeclinable?
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Re: What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby adrianus » Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:51 pm

Ità quidem, adverbia neutrius generis sunt quae anglicè "neither more beautifully nor more coarsely than" significant.
Yes indeed, they are neuter adverbs.[/i]
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Re: What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:07 pm

Adrianus, this slightly throws my world into confusion. I wasn't aware: 1) that adverbs were declinable and 2) if they are I can't see why one would use neuter in this case. What gender are / would they be in agreement with...? Do you mean they are neuter comparative adjectives...? which would be -ius...??
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Re: What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby Alatius » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:31 pm

Adverbs are inflected in only three forms: positive, comparative, and superlative. (That is to say, they are _not_ declined in cases, nor gender, number, etc.)

The comparative adverbs are identical in form to the adjective in the neuter singular.

(Compare the olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius".)
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Re: What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:32 pm

...though it seems they are definitely adverbs.
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Re: What is 'Pulchrius'/ 'Foedius

Postby pmda » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:34 pm

Alatius - my world is in order again.
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