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"I come from California."

Translation:Ego a California venio.

August 31, 2019



I'm having trouble distinguishing when to use a or ab.


Use “ab” before anything that starts with a vowel or h. Use “a” before a word that starts with any other consonant.


Is "h" silent after "ab"?


The "ego" can and would usually be omitted.


Why is "California venio" not correct?


It's missing "from"


It taught me "California venio" before, but now doesn't accept it.


Are you sure the noun was "California"? There are nouns that can take a bare "ablative of place from which" without needing a preposition, but those nouns all have a distinct locative form.

  • "Romā veniō" -- "I come from Rome"

  • "Romae dormiō" -- "I sleep in Rome"

  • "A Californiā veniō" -- "I come from California"

  • "In Californiā dormiō" -- "I sleep in California"

California is not a city, town or small island. It's way too big to take a locative.

Besides the names of cities, towns and small islands, there are a few other nouns for which the locative survives into the Classical period, mostly cozy nouns such as domus (home), rūs (estate), and focus (hearth).

ablative locative
domus domū / -ō domī
rūs rūre rūrī
focus focō focī

https://latin.cactus2000.de/noun/shownoun_en.php?n=domus (domī)

https://latin.cactus2000.de/noun/shownoun_en.php?n=rus (rūrī)

https://enacademic.com/dic.nsf/enwiki/44617 (focī)


Why oh why couldn't this be "ab Aegyptus", or "a Britannia", or any other historically plausible location.


Totally, the "ego" is not needed. Just as in previous examples, "You" and "Tu" were not needed. The pronoun is implicit in the verb conjugation.


It's a way to teach us pronouns. As in Spanish and Italian, they are optional and emphatic.
Please, report when a sentence is not accepted with a pronoun, or is not accepted because of the lack of a pronoun.


Except when the stress is on the subject.


FInally, a phrase especially for me !! I'm even Native as in Native American California Indian, Ohlone ! :-)


I'm from the Powhatan tribe. But I'm also Californian.


I would think that in the context of place origins, “de” would be used rather than “a/ab.”

If I am coming home from vacation in California I’d say venio a California “I am coming from CA.” But if I’m away at college and telling my roommate where I come from, I’d say venio de California “I come from CA.”

Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is that if you use “a/ab,” I think a progressive translation would work better in English: “I am coming from California.”


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