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Post by Wiggly » Mon Oct 18, 2004 8:28 pm

I'm having some trouble translating the sentance "where are they going?" into latin. Im not sure what to do with going because it has to be a third person plural because of the they but its also a participle (I think). Can anybody help me out on whether or not the verb should be a participle and if not, what the construction is?

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Post by Turpissimus » Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:13 pm

"Where are they going?"

It's not a participle, despite the presence of the word "going". A participle would be used in a sentence like While going to the shops, I met my mother. What you are seeing here is the so-called present continuous tense in English. In Latin you would translate it as the present. So "Where do they go" or if you want to be slightly archaic "Where go they?".

Quo eunt?

Quo meaning to where.

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Post by Timothy » Tue Oct 19, 2004 2:32 am

why not "quo vadunt"?

It just rings the "Quo vadis" bell

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