"The boy studies in the city."
Translation:Puer in urbe studet.
And what do we base conventenality on when so much of the Latin we know is from literature?
If I'm not terribly mistaken (and I welcome correction if I'm off-base), Classical Latin (what we're being taught here) is the form of Latin that the scholarly and literary writers of the era used, and therefore follow/set the standard convention in question.
Vulgar Latin, on the other hand, as the name suggests is the form of Latin commonly spoken (as we were able to piece together from non-scholarly/non-literary writing). This is the form of Latin that the Romance languages derived from.
The particular form of Latin that Duolingo is teaching us is ostensibly Classical, but how this plays out is up to the course contributors.
Yeah, that made me a bit confused. Sometimes they don't put the verb at the end here on Duolingo in some of the sentences. From what I learned from my teacher for two years studying old school Latin, is that you put the verb at the end. I don't know if there's a difference in medieval latin or latinitas serior, but maybe two years doesn't get you anywhere...
Yes, it's a good way to memorize, and it comes from domus/domi, you're right. Dominus = master of the (family) house.
Dominus gave "domaine" in French (the area owned by the "dominus"), and domain in English (borrowed to the French). It also gave "dominant" in English and French (having the leading and powerful characteristics of the Dominus/master)
I put "puer in oppidum studet" and got counted wrong. Is this because an oppidum is seen as smaller than a city? Is a town usually considered smaller than a city? I mean, now that I really think about it, I guess a town is smaller than a city... I dunno- what do you guys think?
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"Discere" means "to learn" and takes the accusative when there is a thing being learned.
"Studere" means "to study" (literally "to dedicate oneself to") and takes the dative when there is a thing to which one dedicates oneself.
I just got of the hook with the wrong case as a spelling error! I said "urbem" as opposed to "urbe" and they counted it right! I suppose that's because they don't teach you about declining nouns right off the bat, but it's kind of annoying when I know I should have been counted off! Duolingo is helpful overall for vocabulary, but I think I like parsing stories better than short sentences:)!