Months in Latin

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Months in Latin

Post by pmda » Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:15 pm

This is a rather elementary question but I'm revising vocabulary in LLPSI Book 1 and am looking at the months. In Latine Disco Orberg tells us that Latin months are adjectives. But in the vocabulary at the back of the book he gives information on all the months as if they are nouns: e.g. Februarius, -i (m) etc....

What am I missing? Is it that Mensis is masculine and so all months are masculine adjectives....?

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Re: Months in Latin

Post by Carolus Raeticus » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:28 pm

Salve pmda!

Interesting question. Allen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar has the following to say about this.
Names of Male beings, and of Rivers, Winds, Months, and Mountains, are masculine:--
  • pater, father; Iûlius, Julius; Tiberis, the Tiber; auster, south wind; Iânuârius, January; Apennînus, the Apennines.
NOTE.--Names of Months are properly adjectives, the masculine noun mênsis, month, being understood: as, Iânuârius, January.
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Re: Months in Latin

Post by pmda » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:50 pm

Gratias tibi ago....

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