AlxAlk wrote:I'm just a newbie in Latin too. Started last weeks.
I'm so confused with declinations, every phrase seems to be hard to set.
Oh, and I'm brazillian, Portuguese native.
If your native language is Portuguese, one thing that may help (especially with the more irregular declensions) is realising that, with few exceptions, inherited words are based on the accusative
form of nouns and adjectives, not the nominative forms used as dictionary entries.
So, for instance, homem
comes from hominem
, not directly from homo
. (You can see the different in French, where hominem
"man", but homo
"one; we".) Amigos
is from amicos
(the accusative plural), not from amici
(the nominative plural).
Where there are irregularities, they're generally in the nominative. So, for instance, the word for "king" has a g
in all of its forms (genitive rēgis
, dative rēgī
, accusative rēgem
, ablative rēge
the nominative (and vocative) singular rēx
. It may seem odd to treat the most exceptional form of the word as the most important form of it, but that's the tradition.
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