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"No! Marcus sleeps at home."

Translation:Minime! Marcus domi dormit.

September 3, 2019



one time Marcus is acceptable - on the otherhand - Marce . Please clear it up what is good - as a name Marcus or Marce


"Marcus" is used when he is the subject: "Marcus is...", "Marcus sleeps...", "Marcus studies...", et cetera.

"Marce" is for when you want to say "hey Marcus!". Like the "Brute" in "et tu, Brute?": "hey Brutus, you as well?"


In Latin one declines nouns, including the names of people - hence: Marcus when you are talking about Marcus (nominative case) and Marce when you are talking to Marcus (vocative case).


Considering the declinations, it's indifferent to say "domi dormit" or "dormit domi", except for style reasons, or if there are any grammatical reason for a difference.


Why does this not accept "Minime! Marcus dormit in domi,"? Why does it want no "in" for this one, yet for "in the city", it only will accept it with "in"?


'Domi' is a special case. By itself it means 'at home'. With just about any other word you would need a preposition.

(Nota bene, this is also true of the word 'home' in English: you can say 'I am home', with no preposition, but you cannot say 'I am city' or 'I am airport' or 'I am a public toilet'.)

'In domi' would be like saying 'in at home', which is of course wrong.


Would Marcus dormit domi work? I have not seen that word order for this sentence... .


Rare, but could be used as a stylistic choice. Not the norm though.


Minime was not capitalized in my word choices. Should it be? Thanks!


It doesn't matter, but obviously if you want your sentences to look grammatically correct, then yes it should be capitalized.


Technically, the Romans were writing before modern notions of capital usage was invented. So inscriptions were in all caps


whereas handwriting was similar to all lower case


(There are samples of this from Vindolanda and other Roman forts, as well as curses from all over the Empire.) Modern lower case came from mediaeval minuscule script. So if you're imitating Roman handwriting, you can go with all lowercase. But modern practice would be standard capitalisation. For Modern Latin, lol.


Why did it not accept marce? For marcus


"Marcus" is used as a subject as in, "Marcus scribit" or "Marcus est", so on. "Marce" is used as in "Salve, Marce"


I thought no was nihil.


"Nihil" means "nothing", so I don't really think it would work well in this context.

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