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"Many cities are in America."

Translation:Multae urbes sunt in America.

August 28, 2019



If urbs is femenine, shouldn't it be "Multae"?


I just fixed that. At some point soon it should update to multae.


Here above it says "multae urbes" but on the exercise page it said the correct solution was "Multi urbes sunt in America." (28.08.2019) Also, it still hasn't updated, to get it correct you have to put "multi" in. EDIT: It has been explained that corrections can sometimes take up to two weeks to update, so it is a good thing if you put the date in your thread here, as I did. That way, if a month passes you can know that a new report should be made.


Also, I've noticed that in some of the sentences the verb has been placed directly following the subject, in other (similar) sentences it has been placed at the end. But in either case if I switch them around they are being marked as incorrect. E.g. "Multae urbes in America sunt." was just counted as wrong. I have been reporting these.


I corrected the exercise in the incubator, so it should resolved, but it's not instantaneous. I imagine by the time you read this it will all be fixed (including the issue in your post below). I'm starting to learn that it can take a day for the changes to take place.


Yes, you're absolutely right. In fact, your colleague Trofaste just posted a guideline to reporting in the Latin forum, and he said the sometimes the changes can take up to two weeks. I'll try to keep my comments in these discussion more minimal from now on. Thanks for being here and doing all the work you do, Daniel.


For reference, the fix hasn't gone through on 1/9/19. It still wants multi


There's nothing we can do but wait. We submit changes and they don't reach the course until the next full moon or when Venus is visible in the morning sky, whichever comes first :)


I feel like I'm teaching an ancient Roman about modern day America.


what is wrong with putting the verb at the end of the sentence?


That's what I thought. In fact, my reading in Latin, little as I have managed, suggests that that was the preferred position.

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It's the preferred/default position for active verbs. With "esse/to be", since it's a stative verb, it tends to move to the middle to disambiguate "Many cities in America are..." and "Many cities are in America." But obviously it's not a 100% rule.


Isn't urbs a feminine noun? I'm wasting lingots trying to break the units, and most of my answers are marked as wrong when I'm sure I'm not wrong.


Yes, it's feminine. I read there was a bug, but now they write "multae" and not "multi" anymore, so it seems fixed.


Why is the "in" required?

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Not a whole lot takes the locative case. Just the names of cities, towns, small islands, along with "rus", "domus", and "humus".

"America" is the name of a large nation/continent, so like everything else it takes a preposition plus the ablative case.


But America is a-declination. Why the Lokativ takes ablative instead of genitiv?


Only a few words take the Locative. America is not one of them. The majority of words use in + Ablative.


Does the word order really matter? Why?


Not really, but the mods have already corrected them. However, it took a day or two for the change to appear.

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