"Non puer sed vir scribit."

Translation:Not the boy, but the man is writing.

August 28, 2019

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adam14701470

In English, this sounds awkward and unnatural. Is this a common construction in Latin?

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrmeda805992

Yeah. It's meant to be used in sentences that contrast two different parts... Not this (non), but the other (sed). In the first levels of Latin, Duo uses very simple words, so sometimes it sounds weird but syntactically correct.

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick_Pr

Agreed. In English we are more likely to put the verb with the first part. The boy is not writing, but the man. However, in Latin this is quite common.

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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I'll grant it's an uncommon way of phrasing it in English, but I have heard this construction before in certain contexts.

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cinephile85

Bizarre English translation.

August 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CameronCoo286637

I recommend "It is not a/the boy but a/the man who writes/is writing". Or perhaps even more naturally in English: "The boy does/is not write/writing but the man does/is."

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Esen.

Shouldn't there be a comma before sed in this sentence?

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RavinDave

Probably... but punctuation came along pretty late in the game. Hell, spaces between words was a revolutionary innovation. Ya just gotta keep it loose and kinda go with the flow.

September 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshuaCasa0

Wait til you hear about boustrophedon..

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MagistraGirouard

Give more options for good translations on this one: "The boy does not write but the man does"

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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Write that, wait for the lesson to reject it, and flag it so you can report "My answer should be accepted." That is the only way to bring it to the attention of the course contributors. Simply saying it in here will not reach them.

August 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Magister_Smith

The Latin is fine here, but the English would be more along the lines of "The boy is not writing, but the man is."

September 7, 2019
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