"The mother writes and the brother sleeps at home."

Translation:Mater scribit et frater domi dormit.

August 29, 2019

13 Comments


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

Does the position of the "domi" make any difference to who's at home? I.e. can it be implied that the mother is at home too while the "domi" is in the latter half of the sentence? If I said "Mater scribit domi et frater dormit", would it still sound like the brother is also at home?

August 31, 2019

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

As there is no coma in Latin, I think the "et" serves as a coordination word, separing the clauses.

Scribit mater ET domi dormit frater.
(by the way, I don't know if it would sound logical if I have something like Scribit mater ET domi frater dormit, not grammatically, I mean logically)

I think you can play with the order of the word in clause 1 (Mater scribit) and clause 2 (Frater dormit domi), but not place one word from one clause to the other one.

Mater scribit ET frater domi dormit.

Please, correct me if I say something's wrong.

September 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WynnWalk-Martin

I would say since in the English it pretty clear that the brother sleeps at home, that is why I included domi in the second clause concerning the brother.

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WynnWalk-Martin

I must say that I am not surprised. I I tried this as an experiment, and sadly I was correct in assuming it would not count it. "-que" is definitely a sufficient and incredibly common (see Vergil's frequent use of it in the Aeneid) alternative to "et." "-que" should almost always be accepted in place of "et."

August 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJ72T

While it's in Beta we must put up with a limited word bank or variants in answers. I keep getting caught out choosing etiam over quoque...

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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We don't have to just put up with it. When a valid answer is rejected, you need to flag it and report "My answer should be accepted."

September 4, 2019

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

Martin, What was your sentence (I'd like to know to learn)

September 11, 2019

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

Are both the mother and brother at home, or just the brother? Or is it ambiguous?

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WynnWalk-Martin

In the English is pretty obvious that the brother is the one sleeping at home, but it could be ambiguous. I put dormi in the brother clause since in the English is proximity to brother would suggest that the brother sleeps at home different from what the mother is doing.

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorgar4

Is there any connection between domi and dormit?

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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No, they come from two different PIE roots, *dem- (house; household) and *drem- (to sleep).

September 4, 2019

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

Are there interesting resources in the Internet about Indo-European roots?

September 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rae.F
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I look up a word on Wiktionary and follow the relevant links.

September 11, 2019
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