Translation:There are not very many fish in the school.
I appreciate that there is a course at all, but as this topic is titled, 'Food', I would like to learn more vocabulary for food. In the vocabulary section, most of the words are adjectives and none that you would associate with food. In the whole course (so far), we only learn olives, ham, cheese, bread, peacocks, fish, eggs and maybe grapes. Did they not eat anything else? Also the verbs to eat and drink only come at the end of the last unit, instead of here. Maybe this topic could just be renamed and fish added to the other topic (Feast).
When "sum" indicates the existence (i.e. There is, There are, There was, etc.) it should come as the first (or second) word in the sentence. Otherwise it is the copula.
"Non sunt plurimi pisces in ludo": "There are not very many fish in the school" "Plurimi pisces in ludo non sunt": "Very many fish are not in the school."
Is there an ambiguity in the original Latin phrase between the meanings:
1) There are very many fish, but they are not in the school.
2) There are just a few fish in the school
What I mean is that it is not clear whether the negation pertains to "very many" or "are". How can we make this clear in Latin?
If a hundred fish are many, and a thousand fish are very many, then if you have a hundred fish, you have many, but not very many. If you have ten fish, then you don't have many, and you STILL don't have very many, but just a few. If you have zero fish, then you don't even have a few, you still don't have many, and you still STILL don't have very many.
tl;dr—"Not very many" can refer to any number less than "very many".
In English, we use "not very many" to mean "few", and we do not use it to mean "many" (e.g. we don't say "I have three cars, which is many, but not very many"). I suspect Latin usage might be simiilar, but I don't know.
I don't think so. I think in ludo means currently in the school, be it a building or a practice. In contrast, in ludum indicates movement in a direction toward a school. Just like "orators are in the forum" is oratores in foro sunt and "orators go to the forum" is oratores in forum eunt.
Imagine you had a dog, say a Dalmatian. Now imagine you met someone else with a Dalmatian, got married, and the two dogs had a litter of six puppies. Now you'd have many dogs.
Now if those puppies got kidnapped by a sociopathic fashion designer (and what other kind is there?), as part of a plan to make a garment out of the hides of those puppies and 93 others that had also been kidnapped, and you ended up rescuing all of them—now you'd have very many dogs!
Yes, but in the first, we're talking about the large number of fish which aren't at school, and in the second, we're talking about the small number of fish which are at school, and they're not quite the same thing. And it won't accept the first (very many fish are not in the school), because I tried that... :(
I respectfully disagree. Each of those sentences you listed differ from each other, however subtly. "Many dollars are not in my pocket" indicates that whatever may or may not be in my pocket, there are many dollars out there somewhere that are not in my pocket. "Not many dollars are in my pocket" expresses that although there are dollars in my pocket, they are not many. "Few dollars are in my pocket" is essentially the same as the last one.