question about the hortatory subjunctive

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question about the hortatory subjunctive

Post by pin130 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:13 pm

Nutting exercise 72: "Run, boys; lets all try to catch him" is translated as Currite, pueri; omnes eum capere conemur. I'm wondering why the word "try" is translated in the passive and not the active, perhaps a present subjunctive, as a hortatory
subjunctive?

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Re: question about the hortatory subjunctive

Post by bedwere » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:29 pm

conemur is not passive. Check your dictionary!

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Re: question about the hortatory subjunctive

Post by pin130 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:31 pm

Thanks bedwere, I'd forgotten conor is a deponent verb. Which goes to show that although I've "finished" Nutting's Primer (thanks to nesrad's key) I haven't got it all memorized. In any case, I'm starting Nutting's First Latin Reader, for which there is no key to help.

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