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"Caffea post auroram mihi placet."

Translation:Coffee after dawn is pleasing to me.

September 4, 2019



Why "i like the coffee after dawn" is wrong?


It should be correct.


The issue, I think, is the "the." It is hard to imagine situations in English when it would be used here. It would have to be one particular coffee ("I like the coffee that she gave me") which is hard to generalize to a phrase so obviously discussing a habitual, repeated action.


Just report it. It's still not accepted, but they surely have a lot to do.


Well at least "I like my coffee after dawn" because of the "mihi" right?


Yep: "the coffee pleases me" = "I like (the) coffee."


Same here. I am trying to understand why this one and more answers were so formal in this course.


Your comment is funnier if you read it and see your picture.


Can't I say "Coffee after dawn is pleasing me." ? Have I really to use "pleasing to" ?


Yes. If you'd rather not use "to" (as this indicates who the coffee is pleasing to), then you can say "Coffee after dawn pleases me." But the "is pleasing" bit means it requires "to." :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


Thanks for your explanation.


Maybe you explanation is not entirely correct. I think that it should be acceptable to translate this sentence 'Coffee after dawn is pleasing me'. The Latin verb in this sentence is 'placere' and Duolingo have decided to use the English verb 'to please' in its continuous aspect 'is pleasing' as the only alternative translation. There is nothing in the Latin text to indicate that the writer would have wanted to speak about the pleasantness (e.g. iucunda?) of the coffee that is drunk in the morning but rather that drinking the coffee in itself 'is pleasing' the drinker. The better translation would be 'pleases me', and - since the offered verb is 'is pleasing' that accepts a direct object - the correct translation using the continuous aspect should be 'is pleasing me'.


According to Wikipedia in Latin (Vicipaedia) coffea is the plant, and the beverage is:

cafaeum, cafea, cafeum, caffeum, cofeum, coffea or potus arabicus.

All have to be accepted here, so you can have fun by reporting them.

Here, they write it "caffea", they didn't list this spelling, unless it s the plural of "caffeum", in this case, the sentence is "coffees".



Caffea / cafea (made-up, post-classical word) is a nomin. sing., 1st declension. We can tell it's nomin. sing. (and not a plural form), because it is the subject of 3rd person singular verb placet.


Is that a common convention to do, in order to avoid linguistic drift from affecting classical Latin too much?


If the question is addressed to me--sorry, I'm not sure I understand it (I'm a humble Latin teacher, not a linguist).

But the Duolingo sentence clearly has a singular noun (caffea), because the verb (placet) is singular. Plural things "mihi placent" (are pleasing to me).


I think that "daybreak" is also a good translation of aurōra ; also that "prīma lūx" (here, ante prīmam lūcem ) should be an acceptable synonym of aurōra .

A month later: Can't we say "daybreak" ? Sounds more plausible to me.


This has a similar energy

It amuses me


Elsewhere placere is translated "like" rather than the literal "is pleasing". Consistency please.


was coffee known in roman times?...


it shouldn't be used by duo. Latin is not a living language. people learn it to either work in the Vatican or work with old languages, texts usually in these languages. To teach us phrases form the modern world makes not that much sense. my 2 cents.


In the last lesson, "I like to drink coffee after dawn," was acceptable. Now it's not. It should be.


I'm just guessing but "I like coffee after dawn" ought to be accepted. I don't think there is a word meaning "drink" or "to drink" in this sentence. However, I could be wrong. By no means am I a Latin expert.

If you think it really should be acceptable, you can report it using the flag icon. They usually add suggestions pretty quickly though it can take a few days for the changes to come through on our end.


Coffee is pleasing to me any time! except just before bed of course


Is pleasing to me??oh! Cammon Duo!!

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