"Hello, my name is Marcus."
Translation:Salve, mihi nomen est Marcus.
I put the same answer and got it wrong. Latin is a language that relies on declensions so word order isn't really important. It would nice if an experienced Latin speaker could explain us...
Esen. I wrote the same thing. I cannot think of a reason why this would be wrong. I am curious about the others' reactions.
31 August 2019
I thought the verb went at the end of the sentence, based on my previous Latin classes. So, according to those, no.
"Latin is primarily a SOV language. But because it has declensions and conjugations, the word order is not strictly followed and is rather free." - is what I'm told.
There is no actual word order in Latin due to the capability of declensions to convey word relation, just a general consensus. Personally, I'd write "mihi nomen marcus est" but that was marked wrong as wellm
This is a misconception that I fight against with my students. While Latin, in theory, can put words in whatever order it desires, the reality is that there are expected word groupings within sentences in classical prose (and even in poetry, where, for metrical reasons there are some shake-ups). Order of those groupings can be shifted for emphasis, of course, by the author, but to say that there is "no actual word order in Latin" is misleading.
Why isn't "Salvete, nomen mihi Marcus est." right? I could be talking to at least 2 people, you know.
This item is still only accepting one order it seems. 'nomen mihi Marcus est', 'nomen mihi est Marcus', 'mihi nomen Marcus est' all rejected.
I'm not sure I've got this, does mihi always go before the noun? [nomen, domus, etc]
Generally "mihi" will follow the noun when used with "est" to show possession. Modifiers (unless size and quantity) usually come after the nouns they modify.
So would it be more correct to say "nomen mihi" and not the other way round, right?
If you read manuscripts from St. Thomas Aquinas, or Jerome’s biblical translations, or Kant’s writings, or Des Cartes’ writings you easily find that the order our Duo Lingo people have written is terribly inaccurate. “Salve, Nomen mihi Marcus est.” Is truer to a fluent Latin Speaker than the Duo Lingo word ordering. Veni, vidi, vici also sounds terribly stupid in “classical pronunciation.” C.F. Also Familia Romanae Pars I et II! Cur asinus est?
Veni, vidi, vici would have been pronounced with that Classical W. It doesn't sound stupid. It sounds correct. That's how Caesar himself would have pronounced it.
The word order is not terribly inaccurate. It's actually quite common in Latin.
This course is teaching the Classical pronunciation and there is nothing wrong with that.