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"Scaenae sunt in theatro."

Translation:The stages are in the theater.

September 26, 2019



Theātrō Ablative & Dative Singular of Theatrum • ( Plu Nom - Theātra ) • From Ancient Greek - θέατρον ( Théatron - a place for viewing ) • from θεάομαι • Theáomai - ( To See, View, Watch, Observe )

Scaenae Fem ( Nom Plu of Scaena Fem ( Stage, Scene, Natural Background, Theater ) • From Ancient Greek - σκηνή - ( skēnḗ - Stage, Scene )

Latin Word OrderVerb PositionsThoughtco


Perhaps a miss understanding on my part, but I thought in classical Latin "th" was not pronounced liked "th" in English 'the'. I believe it should be more like t-hay-a-tro, with the t and h pronounced as separate consonants.


The pronunciation sounds like teatro in Spanish to me. IDK if this is correct, as I keep the volume low, but I'm not hearing an English th sound.


Why is 'sunt' not the last word in this sentence?


Because it is not mandatory.

The typical Latin word order is SVO, but not mandatory, and when the verb "sum" (esse) is used, it comes very often at the beginning or in the middle of the sentence.


When sum is used as the Substantive verb, it regularly stands first, or at any rate before its subject.

Est virī māgnī pūnīre sontis. It is the duty of a great man to punish the guilty.

The one normal exception to this rule [SOV rule] in Latin is when the verb “to be” (sum, esse, fui, futurum) is used. The sentences will mirror English word order (SVO). For instance: S V (O) English – The cook is in the kitchen. S V (O) Latin – coquus est in culina.

1 https://www.usd497.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=7208&dataid=5615&FileName=Grammar%20Review%20Unit%201.pdf

2 http://dcc.dickinson.edu/grammar/latin/order-words


Does Duolingo only use American English? I would prefer to see my acting stages referred to as being part of the 'theatre'.


"The stages are at the theater." was marked incorrect... why?


Because, usually they are inside, not at the theatre's gates. (my non native's understanding)


The pronunciation of ”in theatro” is wrong. It should be [in tʰeˈaː.troː], not [in ˈteatro] as the man pronounces it.


Trying to understand grammar: Is " theatro" in Ablative? And does the meaning of Ablative mean the word formed when it shows location together with "in" infront of it?


theatro here is ablative yes. Along with the preposition in, which specifies location and may be translated as 'in', 'on', 'at', and probably some others in different contexts.


I said "Stages are in the theater" and it was marked WRONG.


That's... not how you pronounce scaenae. The ae sound is read as e. It would be pronounced more like [stche neh]


This course uses Classical Pronunciation. 'c' is always hard like 'k' and 'ae' sounds similar to English 'eye'. (Similar to the notes for the first lesson)

What you put makes sense for later Latin pronunciations.

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