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by Essorant
Sat May 15, 2010 3:50 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: English to and from Latin automatic translation?
Replies: 4
Views: 1985

Re: English to and from Latin automatic translation?

Your brain is the auto-translator. All you need to do is program it the right way.
by Essorant
Sat May 15, 2010 1:56 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: 'puella' singularis est
Replies: 9
Views: 3725

Re: 'puella' singularis est

The word puer is masculine and the word puella is feminine, therefore it makes sense to use the masculine/feminine forms singularis and pluralis to refer to them.
by Essorant
Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: use of Quid
Replies: 18
Views: 3552

Re: use of Quid

That is because quid is a (pro)noun not an adjective. It is interrogative in "quid est Sparta?", but it is no different in principle from using any other neuter noun and feminine noun: Ursa (feminine) est animal (neuter) "A she-bear is an animal" Bellum (neuter) est stultitia (feminine) "War is foll...
by Essorant
Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Survey of Latin orthography preferences
Replies: 65
Views: 18223

Re: Survey of Latin orthography preferences

What is the title of the book?
by Essorant
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Y, oh, Y?
Replies: 6
Views: 2229

Re: Y, oh, Y?

The letter y is the Greek form of the letter u. The Romans removed the tail of this letter and made it v/u. Therefore, there is no substantial difference, but only a minor difference in pronunciation. When you see u spelt as y, it means that it should be pronounced with the Classical Greek pronuncia...
by Essorant
Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: No Audio for Statius
Replies: 2
Views: 1156

No Audio for Statius

I noticed there seem to be no audio-editions of Statius' Thebaid out there. It is easy enough to find an audio edition of Virgil or Ovid. Why do scholars neglect Statius?
by Essorant
Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Boccaccio's De Mulieribus Claris
Replies: 5
Views: 3193

Re: Boccaccio's De Mulieribus Claris

It looks like most have or are translations. Perhaps the Latin/dutch edition may be best. You don't need to look at the dutch translation and if you don't know dutch well enough to read it well, it shouldn't be too difficult to ignore.
by Essorant
Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Classical latin alphabet.
Replies: 47
Views: 19916

Re: Classical latin alphabet.

It doesn't matter that much to me. Latin u and i are still Latin u and i, whether you spell them as u and i or v and j.
by Essorant
Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Is practising reading only (instead of writing) good enough?
Replies: 7
Views: 3627

Re: Is practising reading only (instead of writing) good enough?

If you intend on reading the language, learn to read it. If you intend on reading and writing, learn to read and write it. If you intend on reading, writing, and speaking, learn to read, write, and speak it. In my opinion, one doesn't need, and often it is not helpful, to burden himself with all the...
by Essorant
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: English Meter
Replies: 15
Views: 4516

Re: English Meter

it still takes longer to pronounce "breed than bred" I think you are incorrect about this. Vowel length is dependant on phonetic enviroment in Modern English. Therefore any/every vowel in an enviroment that makes a vowel long is long and any in an enviroment that makes it short is short. Vowel soun...
by Essorant
Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Chinese perhaps - well off topic
Replies: 3
Views: 1468

Re: Chinese perhaps - well off topic

Google Translation gives:

"Do not let your enemy see your flag, you see white there watching"
by Essorant
Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pliny
Replies: 9
Views: 3949

Re: Pliny

Iacent should be active:

Ita enim fiet ut eas quae adhuc neglectae iacent requiram et, si quas addidero, non supprimam.
So indeed it will be done, that those which hereto neglected lie I shall seek and, if (they are ones) which I shall add, I will not hold back.
by Essorant
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: i have come to this place
Replies: 5
Views: 2044

Re: i have come to this place

Welcome to textkit.
...subjunctive voice...
Shouldn't that be subjunctive mood? :)
by Essorant
Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:08 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: lingua latina
Replies: 57
Views: 33342

Re: lingua latina

Just post some lines you are having difficulty with and give your best translation. If there are any mistakes, we will discuss them with you and help you understand the grammar better.
by Essorant
Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:20 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Ablative Case
Replies: 11
Views: 4692

Re: Ablative Case

I usually think of the ablative in terms of the prepositions or prepositional senses that go along with it.
Generally five prepositions seem to cover most usages: "from" "out of" "by" with", and (nonaccusative) "in".
by Essorant
Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: some input please.
Replies: 29
Views: 10239

Re: some input please.

We "dis-" the word obedient, but if you look more carefully, the prefix dis - generally should only be used on words beginning with a consonant, not a vowel. That is why there are no dis-o- words in the Latin dictionary, and therefore, no disoboediens . But there are inoboediens "inobedient" and ino...
by Essorant
Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Textkit Members?
Replies: 5
Views: 1920

Re: New Textkit Members?

Thanks for posting this. I hope the moderators may do something about it soon.
by Essorant
Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: some input please.
Replies: 29
Views: 10239

Re: some input please.

Lex "Seemed" is not much to go by. Even if he were insulting, though, two wrongs don't make a right. If one person stoops to insulting it is a shame, but when someone thinks he should react by doing the same, it is a double shame. When someone does it in a forum meant for learning, it is a triple sh...
by Essorant
Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: some input please.
Replies: 29
Views: 10239

Re: some input please.

True enough. Sometimes my memory forgets the meaning of a word, but doesn't forget to torture me by remembering that I looked it up twice or thrice before!
by Essorant
Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The Latin Bible.
Replies: 4
Views: 2764

Re: The Latin Bible.

The only edition I have is the Biblia Sacra Iuxta Vulgatam Versionem and never had any problems with it, especially not on behalf of there being no punctuation. Remember the original Hebrew and Greek didn't have the punctuation, therefore, having no punctuation is better since it allows the reader t...
by Essorant
Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

Oberon,

catena ex ferro facit.
Don't you mean fit? (again)

Methinks you better get the passive forms of facio tattooed to your arm :)
by Essorant
Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:05 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The importance of audio
Replies: 29
Views: 15217

Re: The importance of audio

Why are you taking it so personally? Publishing any kind of work involves facing criticisms from certain people. It is part of life.
by Essorant
Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Three Books
Replies: 7
Views: 2154

Re: Three Books

I picked Wheelock about a decade ago, but never read those other two. Why? Its reputation convinced me that it would be a good grammar to try. The only other Latin grammar I have is Latin Via Ovid. It seems much better than Wheelock's Latin, but perhaps the reason I think so is because after reading...
by Essorant
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:06 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Numbers
Replies: 5
Views: 1756

Re: Numbers

"Three" in "chapter three" is also not an adjective, but is a noun or name just as "Alfred" is in "King Alfred" . It doesn't actually mean "three" (Otherwise it should be "three chapters" instead of "chapter three"), but instead means "the number three itself, or state of being where number three is...
by Essorant
Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:38 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Numbers
Replies: 5
Views: 1756

Re: Numbers

We still use the ordinals that way for Kings and Queens. For example, "Henry the Eighth" instead of "Henry Eight"
by Essorant
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:46 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latin; or the Empire of the Sign.
Replies: 34
Views: 9987

Re: Latin; or the Empire of the Sign.

The same laziness is also seen in poetry. Instead of studying and emulating the traditions of structure and meter, people today more and more ignorantly detach themselves and write a bunch of scratchy "free verse". People are too lazy to respect tradition and rules. It is easier just to pretend star...
by Essorant
Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Some Thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 3969

Re: Some Thoughts

I apologize if this offends the people using them, but it is something that comes to mind: I doubt baby-talk like "prolly", a picture of a llama by someone's name and cartoonish characters and stupid signatures give much of an impression that this is a serious learning-place either. In conjunction w...
by Essorant
Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Complementary or Objective Infinitive
Replies: 13
Views: 4656

Re: Complementary or Objective Infinitive

Couldn't one also say: Puer se clarum esse desiderat ?
by Essorant
Wed Dec 02, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

Clearly the 'go' in 'I will go' does not correspond at all to the Latin infinitive, but to the Latin future tense. But it does. Your mistake is thinking of will only in terms of a modern usage, instead of its literal and original meaning and etymology. If you look further you may see that will actu...
by Essorant
Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

I don't know if we see an indirect object in "similis cani" either. No one is giving the dog something as far as I may see. Therefore what is the difference? Just because English and Latin are very different doesn't mean they don't have parallels in some things. To me this looks like one. Both "simi...
by Essorant
Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

None of these older usages have the accusative, Lex. That is what makes them like the Latin: they are dative. The impersonal usage usually comes more to mind for me, but as you suggest, there are examples where it is not used impersonally. But the person that is "pleased" (liked), is always in the d...
by Essorant
Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

"A, madame, mercy." quod I "Me liketh well your words"

-Piers Plowman


"Him liketh nevere yit to sein
A goodly word to mi plesance"


-Confessio Amantis



It is just as "Me thinks", "(to) me (it) seems" which sometimes uses the pronoun "it" as well.
by Essorant
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:45 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

Who looks beyond modern English will see that the "object" of the adjective in such examples was always the dative, originally indicated by the dative inflexion in English, and later showed with "to" and then often with "to" omitted. The adjective takes an "object", because the object is dative: He ...
by Essorant
Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: When to use the dative with the word 'like'
Replies: 24
Views: 7596

Re: When to use the dative with the word 'like'

1. It is an animal like a dog 2. Dogs like to bark ... Neither of these two sentences takes the dative Actually like does use the dative in the first example, but the preposition "to" is not included: It is an animal like (to) a dog (= "It is an animal similar to a dog"). If you use the elder and i...
by Essorant
Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:15 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

Imber, The participle, however, is a participle in form only, not in function. Do you dispute this? If you do, could you please explain how you parse the perfect tense of an intransitive verb such as in "the man has died"? What does the man have, exactly? Yes, I do. The intransitive usage came after...
by Essorant
Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

If "have stolen" is a single verb (although comprised of multiple words) Give me a break, Lex. "Have stolen" are not one verb, regardless of how mechanically you use them. And the very fact that they are two is why one of them can be a passive participle and the other cannot. Trying to say two diff...
by Essorant
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

That is not just "camp" though, Ptolemyauletes. It is a fact. :)
by Essorant
Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

"Holding" in those examples is neither just verbal or adjectival, but participial (verbal and adjectival). It is adjectival in that it modifies the "I" (I was...holding) and verbal by having tense and activity that objectifies "a letter" (...holding a letter).
by Essorant
Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"
Replies: 125
Views: 43127

Re: Perfect Pass Part with "esse"

But it can also function as part of an active verb phrase (i.e. a completely non-adjectival and completely non-passive verb phrase) (i.e. I have stolen a cake). Yes "have" is active. But "stolen" is passive. My way of thinking is based on how the word "stolen" is actually used That is the problem, ...