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by Benedarius
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Baccalaureatus
Replies: 1
Views: 1143

Baccalaureatus

I recently attended a graduation, and as is traditional, it's conducted in Latin. However, I've previously heard bachelor as baccalaureus, never baccalaureatus as in this ceremony. Any one happen to know why? I can't seem to find it in the OLD either.
by Benedarius
Thu May 05, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: M&F's Latin: An Intensive Course
Topic: Anyone using this now?
Replies: 6
Views: 8501

Re: Anyone using this now?

I also cannot imagine what you could learn from doing a unit a day. I just get the feeling that you'd come out brimming with knowledge, mixed up, and lost! It would be ridiculous to know basically how to conjugate most Latin verbs by the third day! You need some time to practice that and make it at ...
by Benedarius
Sun May 01, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: M&F's Latin: An Intensive Course
Topic: Anyone using this now?
Replies: 6
Views: 8501

Anyone using this now?

Once again, this forum seems to have gone months without a post, so since I've been using this textbook for a short while now, I decided to post and see is anyone else using it at present. I've quite enjoyed it so far (although I haven't even reached the first review exercise yet :P), but although i...
by Benedarius
Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Interlinear/Literal Iliad translation
Replies: 1
Views: 1774

Interlinear/Literal Iliad translation

I've found an interlinear translation of the Iliad on Google books, but the word order is all changed. So I'm wondering is there any free interlinear/literal translation of the Iliad in any format?
by Benedarius
Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

Inflection is not necessary to signify distinctions, in fact, there are almost purely analytical languages, Chinese springs to mind. I do not have any less expressive power than the Anglo-saxon that used case-endings, I simply have it through different means, as modus.irrealis pointed out. Dutch is...
by Benedarius
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

Inflection is not necessary to signify distinctions, in fact, there are almost purely analytical languages, Chinese springs to mind. I do not have any less expressive power than the Anglo-saxon that used case-endings, I simply have it through different means, as modus.irrealis pointed out. Dutch is ...
by Benedarius
Sun May 31, 2009 2:54 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

That doesn't remove at least a thousand years of evidence where copula with pronouns in the nominative was the stationary feature in the English. Furthermore, you are treating the grammatical principle (that is, copula + nominatives) as if it is somehow confined into this area of ado. But that is n...
by Benedarius
Sat May 30, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Noun Stems
Replies: 25
Views: 7110

Re: Noun Stems

The stem, is just a way of teaching non-native speakers how to form all the other forms. Arca has the stem "arc", but yes, arc means nothing in Latin. The only reason you ever think about arc is so that you can add a, ae etc. to it to form all of its different forms. It has no other purpose. Because...
by Benedarius
Sat May 30, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

But it is established as a long and strong tradition in the English language. That's partially my point, it isn't. In the last three hundred years at least, both have been used, "it is I" in formal contexts under the influence of Latin. So it is not a long established tradition in the English langu...
by Benedarius
Fri May 29, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Noun Stems
Replies: 25
Views: 7110

Re: Noun Stems

I must say I don't really understand what you are saying, particularly when you say "noun/consonant stem". Arca would fully be declined as Arca - Arcae Arcae - Arcaarum Arcae - Arciis Arcam - Arcaas Arcaa - Arciis Arca - Arcae Using doubled vowels for a long vowel. But you know that, so what is your...
by Benedarius
Fri May 29, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

The roots and the history of the language determine it. It never was otherwise. That is arbitary. Irish comes, if you go back far enough, from the same language as English (PIE), but has a totally different construction for the copula. "to be" isn't inherently any sort of verb, it can change. Read ...
by Benedarius
Wed May 27, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

Today or 50 years hence, it shall be a mistake. That is absolute nonsense. The English word is adder, how it arose is irrelevant. Nice therefore should mean ignorant, and as has been pointed out, a whole host of other thing. "To be" isn't inherently a linking verb, but for some stages in history, i...
by Benedarius
Wed May 27, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Just starting on Wheelocks 6th
Replies: 4
Views: 3946

Re: Just starting on Wheelocks 6th

You can buy them for edition 6, at Amazon for example.
by Benedarius
Wed May 27, 2009 5:52 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

The only reason "It is me" sounds normal is because people keep saying it, not because it is correct English. That's the crux of the issue, if people keep saying it, it is correct English. Languages are passed on to babies by imitation, they imitate what their parents say. That's why all irregular ...
by Benedarius
Wed May 27, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

"a lot of elephants is" How is this wrong? "a lot" is singular in construction. I wasn't very clear, I mean't that very few native speakers would say "a lot of elephants is", most would say are. modus.irrealis express what I was trying to. The job of the grammarian is not to say how language should...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 9:29 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

The only language in which I don't like the idea of native speakers knowing better is Hebrew. Yes I agree for all dead languages. That's probably why prescriptive grammarians tend to be classical scholars, they are used to hard and fast rules. The only way to be descriptive about Hebrew is just to ...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

A waitress at a restaurant atrociously asks "How is your guyses' meal?"! Someone at another table says "Aren't I clever?". At another table "I and her went to the dance..." . From another table "It was him...". The tables are full of bad grammar. In all fairness, that is a bit of an exaggeration. E...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

"It is correct," in what context? In the context of strict English grammar, as has been defined and accepted by numerous individuals over time, then it certainly is not. "The strict context of English grammar" is a facetious concept, prescriptivism vs. descriptivism. The fact that 200 years ago, we...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Reading in the orthography of the ancient Romans
Replies: 15
Views: 9195

Re: Reading in the orthography of the ancient Romans

Uncials are still used, but rarely printed anymore. All newspapers and most signs are now in the normal Latin alphabet, and uncial isn't thought in school anymore, so I can read it pretty well, I cannot write it, and I get confused between s and r. What radical reformation do you mean? Well spelling...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Reading in the orthography of the ancient Romans
Replies: 15
Views: 9195

Re: Reading in the orthography of the ancient Romans

The Irish language, for example, was once written in a very cumbersome alphabet that was designed for carving on wood — but was completely superseded by the Roman alphabet — indeed, the form with all its lowercase letters and punctuation that we know and love; and that is the official writing syste...
by Benedarius
Tue May 26, 2009 4:09 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

If someone knows how to speak a language correctly doesn't mean he knows what transitive, intransitive and equative verbs are. Neither does it mean that he would know what embedded questions are. So? That's not how language works, there isn't "English", and only one way to say a sentence, that's pr...
by Benedarius
Sat May 23, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 33487

Re: Question about English Grammar

I've always had that explained as, a word always takes its case from its own clause. "who he is" is a relative clause, and if that is the correct clause, then no matter what you do with it, it stays the same.

This is prescriptivism though, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
by Benedarius
Sat May 02, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Can somebody please help me with this phrase?
Replies: 8
Views: 2322

Re: Can somebody please help me with this phrase?

Imber Ranae wrote:To be honest, "Strength, fellowship and proud to be British" doesn't strike me as a very good motto even in English. It's just sloppy grammar.
I agree. Maybe if you said what you wanted to say in a couple of sentences, we could help you come up with something better in English and Latin?
by Benedarius
Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Ch #3 question
Replies: 8
Views: 7636

Re:

Arkan wrote:I'm a begginer, working in this same ch. 3 at the moment, but as far as I know "servo, servare" means to protect, preserve or save, not to serve. Please correct me if im wrong.
No, spot on. Could also be "to watch over" or something along those lines too.
by Benedarius
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: the girl and her country
Replies: 12
Views: 10608

Re: the girl and her country

Yes, when you are using sine (sine pecunia), the thing that you are without (money in this case), is in the ablative.
by Benedarius
Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: CH 02 question
Replies: 2
Views: 4704

Re: CH 02 question

As far as I know, your interpretation could be correct in isolation, but it doesn't make as much sense, at least to me. I feel the second part would also have to be a question for that to make sense. "Debemus iras vitare" would mean "we must avoid angers". Anger is the direct object, in Latin (and i...
by Benedarius
Sat Apr 11, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Listing vocabulary with nom and I presume gen
Replies: 3
Views: 3249

Re: Listing vocabulary with nom and I presume gen

Thanks for that, I would have been confused otherwise.
by Benedarius
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Musically Instrumented Textkittens
Replies: 11
Views: 3943

Re: Musically Instrumented Textkittens

The piano for years. I love playing Scott Joplin, but I play classical pieces as well.
by Benedarius
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Listing vocabulary with nom and I presume gen
Replies: 3
Views: 3249

Listing vocabulary with nom and I presume gen

Why are the words in the vocabularies of chapter two listed as
vita, -ae?
Is that because the first declension are those words forming their genitive singular in -ae, or another reason, or none at all?
by Benedarius
Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New technology
Replies: 14
Views: 3942

Amadeus wrote:I should have been born in the 1880's. :lol:
Or the 80s AD or BC given the forum you're visiting.

I was born in the '90s as it happens.
by Benedarius
Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:46 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New technology
Replies: 14
Views: 3942

Mobile phones have their uses, the most obvious is in emergencies. For that reason, I rarely leave my house without my phone, not because I'll be in constant contact with others, but because if something goes wrong, I'll be contactable.
by Benedarius
Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:56 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cases
Replies: 6
Views: 1556

Thank ye for yere pearly words of wisdom. Yes, farmers daughters did sometimes take a ship for the sailors, which often had state input, and give it to their landlords, or slave masters wife for manumission. Never as a birthday present though.

Anyway, that has cleared things up for me.
by Benedarius
Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cases
Replies: 6
Views: 1556

Cases

The daughter || of the farmer || a ship .......|| to the lady || from the sailors || gives. Nominative ...|| Gentive ........|| Accusative || Dative ......|| Ablative ...........|| verb Would those above cases be right, and could someone complete the following, I dont understand Latin for Beginners ...
by Benedarius
Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Cases
Replies: 3
Views: 3578

Cases

The daughter || of the farmer || a ship .......|| to the lady || from the sailors || gives. Nominative ...|| Gentive ........|| Accusative || Dative ......|| Ablative ...........|| verb Would those above cases be right, and could someone complete the following, I dont understand Latin for Beginners ...
by Benedarius
Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:57 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A small plural case ending question
Replies: 4
Views: 1379

Re: A small plural case ending question

What do you mean "agree"? The genitive case ending does not change no matter what it is modifying, perhaps you are thinking of adjectives. Welcome to Textkit by the way :) What I meant was, what makes a gentive case word plural. Isit the word it is modifing, or is there some idea that I am still mi...
by Benedarius
Sun Jun 05, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A small plural case ending question
Replies: 4
Views: 1379

A small plural case ending question

Would, "Diana's arrows are killing the wild beasts of the land," be translated as "Sagittas Dianarum feras terrarum necant" or as "Sagittas Dianae feras terrae necant" and could I have the reason why as well. Probably the same question but with out the example, does the gentive agree with the nomina...
by Benedarius
Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A small question
Replies: 1
Views: 757

A small question

I am completly new to Latin, and I was wondering, for an extremely enthusiastic beginner, which would have the best basics, and I mean basics, for someone willing to dedicate time and effort into the study of the language, which would be the best, well I suppose, 'book' to choose. That is from the s...