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"Where is the book?"

September 16, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juancasinisterra

what is the difference between liber and librum?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex516095

What is the difference between Liber and Libri?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moopish

Liber can be nominative singular (the book has pages) or vocative singular.

Libri can be nominative plural (the books have pages), vocative plural, or genitive singular (the pages of the book).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ethan434678

I dont understand most of the words you used could you expkain for a normal person who hasent studied languages


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moopish

Pretty sure the duolingo notes talk about nouns and their cases. Would recommend reading some of those.

The nominative noun case tends to be the subject of the sentence, the 'thing' doing the action or being described.

E.g. John is going to school.

Mary is tall.

The vocative case is for when something or someone is directly addressed.

E.g. John, where are you going?

The genitive case describes another noun, usually see it early to show possession, but can be used in different ways.

E.g. John's book

or

The book of John.

A crown of gold.

Singular means that there is only one of the person/thing. A book. The book.

Plural means there are more than one (at least two). Books, The books.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanPaul80213

Thank you very much!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmosMadar

Thanks a lot, Moopish. That was very helpful. And if I may further ask – I understand that "librum" is the nominative. Tha would make "liber" the... What?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moopish

librum is accusative singular.

librum habet -> he/she/it has a book

liber is nominative singular and vocative singular.

liber habet -> the book has (something, who knows).

salve liber -> hello book (just to show the vocative)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristineM727245

Moopish - do you represent Duolingo? I would like access to the grammar aide please. Often the different ways of saying a noun is indicated, but the case it refers to isn't there or have I missed that information?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moopish

I am just a user of Duolingo.

You can go through the notes the courses uses here: https://duome.eu/tips/en/la

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