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"She sleeps at home."

Translation:Ea domi dormit.

August 27, 2019



Word order in Latin is not fixed, although placing the verb at the end of the sentence is preferable by classical standards. In either case, "ea domi dormit" or "ea dormit domi" are both correct. Classifying the latter construction as wrong is a clear mistake.


You are right, here any word order is correct, because it's a simple sentence with no preposition or whatever.
If it was "classified as wrong", just report it (with the report button), and it will be added to the course. It's the way it works on Duolingo: they add alternative right answers from the reports, when some of them have been forgotten.


Thank you. Came here to check for this exactly.


Can "Ea dormit domi" be correct?


Yes. Both "Ea dormit domi" and "Ea domi dormit" are correct.

And even without the subject pronoun, it is correct: "Domi dormit", and "Dormit domi".

It is said that the word order in Latin is relatively free. It means that you can often change the word order at will (but: 1/ not always 2/ it changes the emphasis of words, so it is not inconsequential)

For very simple sentence, without prepositions, without adverbs, just with basic SVO, you can change it at will.

But remember the standard word order is SOV.

When you write a sentence and you know it should be accepted, please, use the report button.


You lose information if you translate without the pronoun. Translation of the third person is usually better with the pronoun.


I hope so, because that's what I put and when it was rejected I reported it!

But now reading what Arcana said I regret pushing that button. :(


I'm already seeing lots of similarities with Romanian- no surprise- but nice to see it in action.


I've read that Romanian is the language closest to Latin.


I thougt it was Sardinian dialect of Italian. Romanian is pretty influenced by slavic and other languages, isn't it?


I believe that the main influence of Slavic languages on Romanian was an abundance of Slavic loanwords and a bit more conservative approach to grammar (Romanian still has some features of Latin that were lost in Western Romance languages).



Romanian is influenced by Slavic and Latin, ie. Romanian is like a combination between two languages, makes harder to learn. And, as an old language, Romanian has also a lot of Slangs but is less than Russian. -- So, this language is really interesting:))


Not really. Romanian's got a load of slav vocabulary and pronunciation's diverged a lot from late Latin.


Is there any difference between Ea/Illa/Haec?


Is "Ea in domi dormit" okay, or?


No, because domi is in the locative case: it means that the "in" is already included inside.

Domi means in domus, (the latter would be wrong to say like this).


Thank you for clarifying, I was about to ask this question!


Illa can also be used as she, and not using a pronoun should never be wrong in latin


Exactly, but when your sentence is not accepted because you omitted a subject-pronoun, or because you added a subject-pronoun, please, just report it, and they'll add the alternative solutions that has been forgotten.


Can adverbs be in any position in relation to the verb?


Adverbs are usually just before the verb. The exact rules of placement have never been made clear to me, but this much I know.

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


You just explained the exact rule of placement for the adverbs.

Adverbs, like the negative particle "non", are used to modify the word coming right behind (usually).

Here are some examples of adverbs:

(Adverbs in italic, and verbs are bolded)

ancilla suaviter cantat. (The maid is sweetly singing)
leo Herculam ferociter petit. (The lion ferociously attacks Hercules)
senex novaculam intente spectat. (The old man intently looks at the razor)


Why doesn’t “domi” require a preposition i.e. “in domi”?


Because Domi is locative, so you don't need the extra "in".


I remember nominative, genitive, accusative, dative, and vocative, but I never learned locative. Other examples?


It's used exclusively for small islands and cities. If a city's name ends in -um or -us then the locative ends in -i. As for the other examples, there's humi, belli, militae and ruri.


when i hovered over she it showed "ea", "illa" and "haec" as variations of the word she. what are the differences between these and when should i use them?


Okay, if the subject was tú, would it change to dormis, and if I, dormus? Or is there a masculine/feminine element also at play?

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Verbs don't have gender agreement. You're thinking of adjectives.

Here are the verb conjugation charts:
1st Conjugation
2nd Conjugation
3rd Conjugation
3rd i-stem Conjugation
4th Conjugation

Here is a plain-English overview of what the cases are and how they work:
Latin cases, in English

Here are the noun and adjective declension charts:
declensions 1-3
declensions 4&5

Adjectives must agree in gender, number, and case with the nouns they modify, but they have their own declensions. Sometimes you get lucky and the adjective just happens to follow the same declension as the noun, but that is not a guarantee.


may I ask when do we use "ea" and "eae" and when we use "Is" and "II"?


Which case is "domi" in? Genitive or locative?

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Locative. Genitive doesn't make sense here. Where is she located? At home.


Hm, I was under the impression that the locative case wasn't used in classical latin.

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It is the least-used case but it is used. It's limited to the names of cities/towns, small islands, and a small handful of nouns including "domus" and "rus". All others take a preposition and the ablative.


Ah, thanks a lot!


Why is "Ea in domi dormit" incorrect?

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"Domi" is the locative. It doesn't use prepositions. This link has more details:

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