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"Canis plurima ossa colligit."

Translation:The dog collects very many bones.

September 9, 2019



sorry, i'm not Emglish speaker, so i don't understand why you translate "multes" to "very many". Doesn't it mean "a lot of" or "many"?


Multes means many; plurima means very many. Plurima is used here, and it means very many.


"Very many" still doesn't sound right to me. I know "multes" and "plurimae" are not the same, I know, it's just that this translation sounds... odd.


The problem is there are no real good translation for plurimus/a/um. What it does imply is "abundunce", and in some modern translation, use "much" in an attempt to imply greater than many -- but neither are a good translation. You can check Wikitionary for this.

Vulgate: "In hoc clarificatus est Pater meus, ut fructum plurimum afferatis, et efficiamini mei discipuli." Douay: "In this is my Father glorified; that you bring forth very much fruit, and become my disciples." NRSV: "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."

The reason I use Douay is because it translates from Vulgate, and thus contains the quirks from latin. Take the "let there be light". in Vulgate, it's "Fiat lux", which is rendered as "Be light made"

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Multitudes of?


for me it also Sounds extremly strange very many


I agree, "very many" sounds strange. To me, "a great many" sounds more normal, and that is also accepted as correct.


In dutch, we translate 'multes' just to 'veel', wich means 'many'. Not very many


The word multes does not appear in the sentence to be translated. The sentence refers to plurima ossa which means very many bones or a great many bones.

multes is 2nd person singular present subjunctive of the verb multare, meaning to fine or to punish, and does not mean many.


Very many sounds redundant to me


The word order on this one confuses me. If there are (very) many bones, why then is it not "ossa plurima"? I was under the impression adjectives followed their noun in Latin.


They can follow or precede.

In Latin an adjective can come either before or after a noun, e.g. vir bonus or bonus vir "a good man"...

It depends which kind of adjectives (for instance, adjectives of nationality follow the noun), the emphasis, etc...


So would ossa plurima be acceptable as well?


Can "The dog collects so many bones" work?

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