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It might be a coincidence but...

Postby 1%homeless » Mon Dec 01, 2003 4:22 am

Is this a coincidence or have I discovered a fun philological tid bit? In the nominative case, quae is plural neuter and feminine singular. In the nominative case, haec is plural neuter and feminine singular. I would like to include ea and illa too, but almost all neuter plurals in the nominative end in a.

Whether it is an unexplainable coincidence or not, it at least helps me remember the pronouns :-)

Quis doesn’t count because it’s not a true feminine form ;-)
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Postby benissimus » Mon Dec 01, 2003 12:13 pm

Yep, I have always thought that was helpful.
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae
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Postby Episcopus » Mon Dec 01, 2003 5:54 pm

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Postby NstayWL » Sun Dec 07, 2003 11:14 pm

Maybe not so much a coincidence but evidence of how language develops. I always found that it was helpful to think across declensions (that is, examine one case and number in each declension). While we memorized them in our early latin days as individual declensions, I find similarities such as the one you pointed out become more evident when thinking across the declensions.
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