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"How many sisters do you have?"

Translation:Quot sorores habes?

September 25, 2019



Is "Quot sorores tu habes?" correct?


I have the very same question.


Me too! Why isn't that correct?


-Quot sorores habes?

-Non sorores habeo.


Why did it reject "Quot sorores tu habes?" I don't understand why that would be wrong.


Can someone show me all the tenses for habes


For the present indicative active (what you are most likely to see currently on Duolingo):

(ego) habeo -> "I have"

(tu) habes -> "You (singular) have"

(is/ea/id) habet -> "He/she/it has"

(nos) habemus -> "We have"

(vos) habetis -> "You (plural) have"

(ei or ii/eae/ea) habent -> "They have"

You can see all the other forms on several websites. Wiktionary has a conjugation table for verbs normally: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/habeo#Conjugation. Wiktionary has the macrons as well.

Just be warned they are large as there are a lot of forms (many of which you won't need to know for the current Latin Duolingo course).


I'm having a mental block differentiating "habetis" vs "habent". In my head 'tis' is like Ya'll and "ent" is... They? I'm not seeing the need and purpose of both. Is there a trick to it?


Yes, the -tis is often the 2nd person plural (y'all) and -nt is often the 3rd person plural (they).

The need/purpose is that they are different in person. -tis is directed at multiple listeners and -nt for a group who is neither the listener nor the speaker.

There maybe a trick out there but you will likely memorize the ending as you work with them over time.


quot multae sorores habes wrong? Quot … how multae… many sorores… sisters habes … you have


Yes, it is wrong. Quot means "how many". You cannot translate litterally "how many", which in any case it would not be Quot multæ, but rather Quomodo multæ, but no one said like this in Latin. Unfortunately, English needs two words, where other languages only need one word; for instance, in my native language, Spanish, it is cuántas.


Why wouldn't there be a "you" in here?


I believe the way "habes" is conjugated shows that the sentence is being addressed to "you."


Yes, it shows the subject is a singular "you".


What is habesne


why can i not insert 'tuae' before habes; seems like it should work


Tuae is a form for 'your'. tu is 'you'. Both being for a singular 'you'.


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