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"Is it a state?"

Translation:Estne civitas?

September 23, 2019



What's the trick for knowing when to use Estne?


Estne is used to form yes/no questions, where it must be the sentence's first word. Est is the usual word for "is" in a statement. One might say estne is like "is (it)," while est is like "(it) is." Same with every other verb: add a -ne and put it at the start of the sentence to form a question whose answer may simply be yes or no.


I tried "Estne id civitas" and it was rejected. Was that really wrong? If so, why? I thought it were allowed but never necessary to drop the pronoun if it's information is already in the verb.


I also tested it and it was rejected. When I clicked on "it" Duo offered "ille" as a possible translation in the last line. Perhaps we would have to use ille/illa/illud and rephrase the question in our heads to ask, "Is that a state?" instead of thinking of it as it/id? Otherwise if id would be proper as well, someone should report it.

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Both ‘Civitas estne?’ and ‘Civitasne est?’ are rejected. Is this how it should be?


As far as I know, in yes/no questions the verb must receive the -ne and it must be at the beginning of the sentence.


Some people have already said this, but why is "civitas estne" rejected?


The word with -ne has to be the first word as far as I'm aware


Why is it that 'civitas estne' is rejected?


I believe since it's a question "estne" should be first.

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