Another question regarding a sentence from Hollard and Botting’s elem. exercisces.

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Propertius
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Another question regarding a sentence from Hollard and Botting’s elem. exercisces.

Post by Propertius » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:40 am

Section L, Exercise CCCXXIV, Sentence III

Why do they set free the hostages which we sent?

My translation:

Cur obsides liberant quos misimus?

The answer key says:

Cur obsides liberaverunt quos misimus?

If it were past tense shouldn’t the sentence read:

Why DID they set free the hostages which we sent?

My understanding tells me that when you DO something it’s being done in the present and when you DID something it has been done in the past. Is the answer key wrong? Or am I wrong?

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Re: Another question regarding a sentence from Hollard and Botting’s elem. exercisces.

Post by mwh » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:50 pm

No you're not wrong, the answer key is.

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