Ego nolo esse deus

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Ego nolo esse deus

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Ego nolo esse deus.
I saw this sentence in Familia Mala: Saturns et Iuppiter and was confused why deus was not in the accusative.

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As this nifty little comparative syntax explains, if the subject of a prolative infinitive (an infinitive that carries on the meaning of indeterminate verb) is the subject also of the main verb, the predicate is usually nominative.


A Parallel Of Greek And Latin Syntax 179 p. 57

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How is it the subject of the main verb?

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noetaciturnus wrote: Sat Dec 10, 2022 6:40 pm How is it the subject of the main verb?
The subject of nōlō is the same as that of esse, i.e. ego.

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I think I get it now. Thanks

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