ille, hic,iste pronouns

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ille, hic,iste pronouns

Post by spqr » Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:15 pm

In chapter 9 Wheelock mentions that hic and ille can both mean 'he' but can iste also be used this way? Is there a difference in meaning or emphasis as compared to using 'is' to mean he?

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Re: ille, hic,iste pronouns

Post by Ulpianus » Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:08 am

Yes, it can. It's usually, IIRC, emphatic and often contemptuous. If the prosecutor said, gesturing at the defendant, "She did it!" that might be a time for iste.

As far as the others are concerned, if you recall the "core" meanings of the pronouns (he, this [one], that [one]" but also remember that a literal translation will often be too much, you won't find it hard in practice.

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