Who is "in the field" in this sentence

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Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by Lord_WayneY » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:11 am

Viros in agro video.
In this sentence, who is "in agro" ? The "viros" or me?
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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by bedwere » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:22 pm

Lord_WayneY wrote:
Viros in argo video.
In this sentence, who is "in argo" ? The "viros" or me?
Viros. And I bet it's "in agro", not "in argo".

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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by Lord_WayneY » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:14 pm

bedwere wrote:
Lord_WayneY wrote:
Viros in argo video.
In this sentence, who is "in argo" ? The "viros" or me?
Viros. And I bet it's "in agro", not "in argo".
E.. yes, it's "in agro"... my typo, sorry.

I am wondering are there any rules to strict which part the "in xxxx" clause indicate? If this was "In agro video viros", then would "me" be the one in agro or still the viros? I am not able to do a grammatical analyse to determine the phrase which the "in" part describes.
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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by bedwere » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:07 pm

Sorry I misunderstood the question. Although I still think that it is the men who are in the field, there is an ambiguity and it could also mean that I am in the field and see the men, wherever they may be.. If you want to be accurate, you could rephrase with a participle:

Viros in agro stantes video. This time the men I see are unambiguously in the field.
Viros stans in agro video. And now I am in the field and see the men from there.

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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by Timothée » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:34 pm

Dictionary offers the preposition ex for from where something is seen (urbem ex eo loco), but I do not suggest that in is impossible.

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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by ThatLanguageGuy » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:52 pm

I would think the men. "I see the men in the field" is the literal translation and therefore I think you could also be in the fields if you are near the viros.

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Re: Who is "in the field" in this sentence

Post by Osterdeich » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:58 am

A farmer is often outstanding in his field.

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