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"The clock arrives on time."

Translation:Horologium tempori advenit.

September 29, 2019



I have no idea what this sentence could mean, except if some couriers carries a package with a clock, and deliver it to a customer at the right delivery hour.


Could it be an idiom for "the clock keeps time"? - but I suppose if it were Duo would have told us.


Finally, now the fifth soldier will have his clock!

(From: Quintus miles horologium non habet.)


I was wondering why tempori (dative) is used here. Anybody any idea?


I think it's not the dative, but only an adverb that has the same form that a dative.
Maybe it's derivated from the dative (to the time?), maybe not. But it's not the dative anymore, it's a fixed invariable form, as all the adverbs.


If you add "always",

Horologium semper tempori advenit.

You get a deep philosofical saying. ;)

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