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"Her parrot is drunk."

Translation:Psittacus eius est ebrius.

August 28, 2019



"est" should be allowed at the end of the sentence


It was not for me just now


I added it to the incubator. Between all the courses there are thousands of reports processed each day. Apparently it takes a day or two for them to become effective.


Ea,ei,eus, I'm confused.

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    ea is the feminine nominative and ablative singular or the neuter nominative and accusative plural. Ei is the dative singular of all genders (to him, to her, to it), and eius is the genitive singular of all genders (of him, of her, of it). Here's a link in case you needed it: https://www.thoughtco.com/latin-demonstratives-as-personal-pronouns-120054#:~:text=While%20any%20one%20of%20these,we%2C%20you%2C%20they).


    Why is the parrot drunk?


    Obviously, parrots in Duo are almost always drunk. And when they're sober, they're angry...


    Normally in Latin the verb appears at the end. "Eius psittacus ebrius est." is correct.


    Not with the verb "to be".

    The verb "to be" is more commonly found at the beginning of the sentence, or in its middle.


    Interesting. Because the verb "to be" is one of the commonest, is this a precursor of the transition of verbs to other positions, for example second spot in English after the subject and in Romance languages like French and Spanish? Does this herald the transition from SOV to SVO?


    French order is far from being free (which at least make us avoid all declinations) so I barely believe we got this from Latin even if the word order in that sentence would be effectively the same in French.


    Quaestio stulta: Is the British national archives a reliable source?

    Edit: If yes, then shouldn't "sua" be accepted? (in place of "eius") "Eius" doesn't really specify gender, so it could mean either "his" or "her," and it can be hard to tell without context.


    Suus, -a, -um is only used when the possessor is also the subject of the sentence. Since the subject of this sentence is parrot, you cannot use suus. Additionally, suus is an adjective and follows the gender of the noun it modifies. Since parrot is masculine, it would be suus instead of sua. The gender of suus is not based on the gender of the possessor.

    Two examples for suus vs eius: She carries her (own) parrot: Psittacum suum portat. She carries her (someone else's) parrot: Psittacum eius portat (litterally: carries the parrot of his/her). The parrot is his (own) bird: Psittacus est avis sua. The parrot is his (someone's) bird: Psittacus est avis eius.

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