Sometimes when I get frustrated with Greek and Latin, I forget how hard it is to read my own language. It’s one thing to read a newspaper, it’s another thing to read difficult texts like Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine which I am reading right now. I am also studying to renew … More It’s all Greek to me
A book I own contains the following fully grammatical sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. My friend Susan was the only one who immediately asked, “Where’s the verb?” One of my students reacted the way I did when I first saw the sentence: “Why do you have 8 buffaloes in a row?” Think … More Of bisons and riddles
“You were to finish this write-up last night – in fact, you should have finished it!” An expression of frustrated will, nagging in Latin is a borderline case between will and wish. In his New Latin Syntax, E. C. Woodcock discusses the use of imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive in a jussive sense (sections 110-111, 116), … More Subjunctivitis: Interlude (Subjunctive of Nagging)
(I posted this one on the Novice Corner page but it takes too long to scroll down and find it.) So – the Latin subjunctive. Verbs tell you a lot, so get used to examining them asap. Let’s first review the moods we’ve covered so far. Indicative mood If you want to present the action … More Subjunctivitis: Diagnosis and Treatment (Subjunctive of Will)
Teaching is a great way to discover gaps in your understanding. Here is the sentence I read without a hitch but have difficulty explaining because of the nomenclature. Pompey is writing to Ahenobarbus about Caesar’s wicked vise: Quod putavi et praemonui fit ut nec in praesentia committere proelium tecum velit et omnibus copiis conductis penitus te … More Quod putavi et praemonui fit – bewilderment is a mighty force
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I’d like to introduce you to a frustrating language by showing you some of its phrases. This morning, as I lay in bed, I decided I had to get up. The up part is clear, but why do I “get” up? Why not just stand up? What exactly do I get when I get up? … More A frustrating language