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"To where do you make a journey?"

Translation:Quo vos iter facitis?

October 1, 2019



Not sure where to use "quo", "ubi" and "unde"…


quo -> 'to where' (movement towards a location) -> "to where are we going?"/"Where are we going to?"

ubi -> 'where' (as in where something is, no movement) -> "Where are we?"

unde -> 'from where' (movement from a location) -> "From where are you coming?"/"Where are you coming from?"

Hope that makes sense.


My answer was "ubi iter facitis" and I wondered what's wrong with ubi. Thank you for your explanation!


Thank you... you're so clear


Me too. I'd rather it stick to quo meaning what and ubi to mean where.


Ubi does mean "where," in the sense of "located where."

Quo means "where" in the sense of "moving (to) where."

Not sure what you mean about "quo meaning what," though the ablative relative/interrogative pronoun (quo) can mean "WITH what" or "BY MEANS OF which," and so forth.

(The quo? / ubi? distinction, for the two types of "where?", is seen also in the difference between eo = (to) that place and ibi = in that place.

Ubi eo advenimus = when we arrive there . motion (to) there.

Ibi est caupona = there's an inn there . located there. )


Isn't this "vos" here as your journey in the plural so the verb should also be in plural?


Since vos is the plural subject-form, "you," the verb (facitis) ends in the plural "you (all)" ending -tis. The noun (direct object) iter, "journey", doesn't need to be plural, since all of you (in this sentence) are making a (singular) journey.

If all of you make journeys, plural, it would be: Vos itinera facitis.


What case is iter? My dictionary has it listed as "iter, itíneris." So shouldn't it be accusative, "itínerem?"


iter here is accusative singular. It's grammatically neuter, that means the accusative forms are the same as the nominative (and vocative).


Your dictionary must also include the relevant fact that iter, itineris is NEUTER, which (as Moopish explained) means that the nomin. and accus. forms are identical.

So, the 3rd decl. ending -em for accusative singular is specifically only for nouns (and adjs.) that are either masculine (like pater: patrem) or feminine (like arbor: arborem), but never for neuters.

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