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Adjective agreement

Post by mariek » Tue Aug 05, 2003 7:52 am

<br />So far in my exercises, the speaker "I" have been male. So "I am happy" is aeger sum.<br /><br />Does the adjective change if the speaker is female?<br /><br />A man says, "aeger sum."<br /><br />A woman says, "aegra sum." ???<br /><br />

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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Magistra » Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:09 am

That's right. An adjective agrees in case, number and gender with what it describes.<br /><br />Magistra
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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by benissimus » Tue Aug 05, 2003 8:17 am

Of course! A similar comparison in English would be that women rarely say "I am handsome" and men even more rarely say "I am pretty." Usually, that is...
flebile nescio quid queritur lyra, flebile lingua murmurat exanimis, respondent flebile ripae

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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Moerus » Tue Aug 05, 2003 10:09 am

Yes, an adjective agrees with his subject in case, gender, number. <br /><br />In English it's diffucult to see that. <br />It's easier in French; <br /><br />he is happy = il est heureux.<br />she is happy = elle est heureuse.<br /><br />Also in Latin; <br /><br />I am happy = laetus sum (masculinum)<br />I am happy = laeta sum (femininum)<br /><br />You see, the Latin tells us a little more than the English! <br />We all should talk Latin at home, it woulsd be easier! ;) ;) ;)<br /><br />Aeger = ill<br />laetus / alacer = happy.<br /><br />The adjective also agrees when it is an apposition ect. <br />It's not only when it's a predicate. <br />For exemple; <br />magister laetus <br />magistra laeta.<br />
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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Milito » Tue Aug 05, 2003 1:43 pm

[quote author=Moerus link=board=3;threadid=366;start=0#2774 date=1060078184]<br />You see, the Latin tells us a little more than the English! <br />We all should talk Latin at home, it woulsd be easier! ;) ;) ;)<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Something tells me that the cat wouldn't listen any better in Latin than he does in English....<br /><br />But you're right, it is a lot easier to be more precise in Latin than in English.<br /><br />Kilmeny
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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Moerus » Tue Aug 05, 2003 1:50 pm

I learnd my dog some things in Latin and he obeys!<br /><br />Like sede, veni, noli latrare etc. <br /><br />Just for fun, we should all try this!
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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Episcopus » Tue Aug 05, 2003 3:33 pm

[quote author=Moerus link=board=3;threadid=366;start=0#2790 date=1060091415]<br />I learnd my dog some things in Latin and he obeys!<br /><br /><br />[/quote]<br /><br />hah awesome ;D
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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by mariek » Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:23 pm

Moerus wrote:<br />In English it's diffucult to see that.<br />It's easier in French;
<br /><br />Yes, I was thinking along the same lines which is how I came up with this question. I probably missed the section where BLD mentions this, or perhaps he mentions this in the future.<br /><br />In English, in 3rd person singular, you still get an idea of whether the person being refered to is male or female with "he" and "she".<br /><br />Interestingly enough, in Chinese, the pronoun for "he" and "she" are exactly the same, so you don't know the gender of the person being referred to. <br /><br />
<br />Aeger = ill<br />laetus / alacer = happy.
<br /><br />Oops. I somehow got into this rut last night (it was almost 1AM and my brain was shutting down!) thinking that aeger was the word for happy. <br />
We all should talk Latin at home, it woulsd be easier! ;) ;) ;)
<br /><br />I was walking through a park on Sunday where I saw some dogs and I thought about how neat it would be to have a dog and train it to respond to commands in Latin. Do you think that would be too confusing for the dog? <br />

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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by mariek » Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:26 pm

[quote author=Moerus link=board=3;threadid=366;start=0#2790 date=1060091415]<br />I learnd my dog some things in Latin and he obeys!<br />Like sede, veni, noli latrare etc.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Cool! 8) And your dog obeys? Does he still respond to English commands? <br />

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Re:Adjective agreement

Post by Moerus » Tue Aug 05, 2003 6:01 pm

he stil responds to dutch commands, we speak dutch here. Thats why i make as many faults in my english!
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