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"Quot urbes in America sunt?"

Translation:How many cities are in America?

August 28, 2019



Sunt is cognate with German 'sind' or Dutch 'zijn' and Polish 'są' (nasal vowel for an earlier 'san'). Very Indo-European.


In French 'sund' is 'sont'.


And of an old Russian word 'суть'.

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In Slovak: su


Great, they use sunt in romanian as well


is the audio cringey to anyone else?


Yes, "quot" sounds like a high-pitched bird.


Yes. It seems one in particular annunciates as if she is saying lines for a part in a soap opera. I don't need any dramatic context - just clear pronunciation.

Btw where is the cognate for 'sunt' in Russian? It seems to have been lost somewhere along the way from the Indo-European predecessor.


Also Latin is a great base for learning many other languages as Latin is like a root language for many others!!


It's not like a root language, it IS a root language for Romance languages.


Yes!! I am brasiliam, we speak Portuguese, our neighbours speak Spanish, my family is Italian, and there, they have Romanian and French, all derive from Latin! Also, the Catholic Church makes the Latin a fossil, studying it, we can read the classical of antiquity


One more thing, Latin have influenced the English too. The Roman Empire conquered the south part of England (Not with this name), and we can see that very often. Latin is wonderful, yes, is a dead language, and because of that, is AMAZING.


Latin influenced English in more than one way: by being the root of Norman French and through the influence of the church, which caused medieval Latin words to be introduced. The Roman invasion of Britain did not influence English.

English wasn't a language and England did not exist at the time of the Roman conquest of southern Britain. The Romans conquered the southern part of Britain - not just Southern England. They conquered much more of Britain than just the southern part of England. (The city, formerly known as Eboracum, is in northern England.) The ancestors of the English, the ones who brought with them the basis of the English language, were living over in Northern Germany and Denmark at the time of the Roman occupation.

The Roman conquest was an influence on place names, which remained after the Romans left, e.g. Londinium, but the Roman conquest of southern Britain was not an influence on English.

The inhabitants of Britain who fought the Romans, i.e. the Britons, were Celts. Over a period of centuries the two ethnicities began to mingle into a Romano-British culture. When the various Germanic tribes invaded from the fifth century onwards, the Britons (Celts) were pushed westwards into Wales and Cornwall. If there is any significant language influence on the island of Britain caused by the Roman invasion, I would expect to be found in Welsh and Cornish.


Could it not be compressed into "quot urbes Americae sunt?" ?


That would be more like saying "How many cities are of the American continent?"



"Americae" would be the locative case... which does not exist for countries. You can only use locative for names of cities and small islands (plus a handful of common nouns).


Could it be:" Quot urbes sunt in America " ?


"How many cities are THERE in America?" But English is just my second language, what do you think?


No, "there" is not necessary, nor accurate. We say it colloqially, but it's not correct - for the same reason that it's incorrect to say "Where are you at?"


I wrote "how many cities are there in America" and it was marked as wrong! Come on


the country is civitates foederatae americae. America is the name of the continent. It's a basic geographic mistake, it's unprecise and and wrong.

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