"Surely it is not a city?"

Translation:Num urbs est?

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urbe or ubs?

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Urbs here as it is the nominative (subject of the sentence).

Urbe elsewhere and it is the ablative and has a variety of uses.

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Thank you!

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I reckon the better translation would be "Is it not a city?"

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Rhetorical devices:

[ is it not? ] a facetious pretentious beg for positive affirmation of what is postulated to be of obvious unquestioned certainty:

Is it not a fact that; ... liquid water is wet?

Rome is an Italian city, is it not? [ Uh, duh, of course it is ]

[ Surely not ], begs for a negative confirmation:

Italy is surely not a Roman city, is it? [ Correct, although what is now Italy comprised territory of the Roman Empire ]

[ Say it isn't so! ] • begs for company to be in denial of a reality

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