Vesperi & vespere


The Duolingo course teaches us the form vesperi, "in the evening", apparently a locative of vesper, "evening". Does anyone know the difference in meaning with the ablative vespere, which can also mean "in the evening"?

September 8, 2019


Acc. to the Lewis and Short dictionary:

vesper, ĕris and ĕri (in class. prose mostly acc. vesperum, and abl. vespere, or adverb. vesperi; the plur. not used), m. . . .

You can see examples of the use of both forms in the article linked to.

And, from the Oxford Latin Dictionary, just to be really nerdy about it:

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Bene factum est.

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Gratias tibi ago.

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Vesperi is an adverb, but in practise there is no difference in meaning. Both forms appear in Classical literature.

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