KingHarvest wrote:Saying that Latin is subject object verb isn't particularly helpful. Latin can and does arrange word order anyway it wishes on a regular basis. After lots and lots of reading you'll begin to get a sense for natural Latin word order, but it's far too complex and nuanced to really explain in generalities for someone who is just beginning. The best advice is to memorize your endings and to be well aware of whether a particular ending can be found in both nouns/adjectives and verbs.
"Puerem videsne in rivo, Marce?"
KingHarvest wrote:"Puerem videsne in rivo, Marce?"
If there are sentences like this in the book, he's never going to learn Latin. Is this a direct quotation?
KingHarvest wrote:Well, if that is the only sentence structure found in the book, then what's the problem? Just look at the last word in each clause and you should probably have the main verb.
I don't think that's a particularly constructive way to teach Latin (beyond maybe the first couple chapters of a book), it's just going to screw you over as soon as you run into real Latin, but we can only deal with the things the way they're dealt to us.
Anyway again, trying to hand a beginner hard and fast rules about Latin word order and syntax isn't going to be helpful.
Anyway, your sentence should be puerumne vides in rivo, Marce.
He immediately thought rogas was a noun because of where it was placed, and that is what I need help explaining.De Gallias rogas ac de nobis cognoscere cupis.
Ulixes ad insulam Aeoli, deos ventorum, navigavit.
Bernard wrote:For God's sake, why are you not given correct Latin sentences?
De Gallia (de + abl.; not acc. Gallias) rogas etc.
Ulixes ad insulam Aeoli, dei ventorum etc. (dei is apposition to Aeoli [genet. sg.], therefore dei; not deos [acc. pl. ]).
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