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"You do not like the new merchant."

Translation:Mercator novus vobis non placet.

November 18, 2019



"Tibi non placet mercator novus" was not accepted. (Seems to be word-order-related.)


Just report it. When it's word-order related.


Mercator novum non vos placet - the key did not even have vobis there. Novum was on the top of the list under new.


Is te instead of vobis OK?


You can have the singular "you" in the sentence, but it has to be in the correct case demanded by the verb, which is dative:

Mercator novus tibi non placet. (verb placere "takes the dative")


Why is vobis required?


Vōbīs is the only way of getting "you" into the sentence: it's dative case, because the verb placēre "to be pleasing to" requires a dative object.

Grammatically, in Latin, "the new merchant" is the subject of the verb, in the nominative case; literally we could translate: "The new merchant is pleasing to you" (where YOU is plural).


Thank you. That was helpful.


Grātiās tibi! Glad to hear it.


Is it "non" as in "known" or "non" as is french "bon"? The female voice says "known", which seems wrong to me.


It is a long o, however; the version of 'restored classical pronunciation' that I've been taught and have heard most consistently does, in fact, sound like "known." (Not saying that that's how Cicero said it, though!)


I had one denied because of word-order as well. I had written, Vobis mercator novus non placet.

I wonder how free the word order of standard spoken Latin really was. German has time-manner-place rules which sound odd to English speakers if translated literally. Was Latin really used so flexibly? I'll google and see what that turns up.


My guess is that your version puts strong emphasis on "you," which could certainly be appropriate (others like him, but you all don't).

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The dropdown for 'You' says Vox / Tibi / Tu. So where did Vobis come from??


The drop downs are not always the most helpful, especially when it comes to Latin's noun cases.

vobis is the plural equivalent to tibi (dative). tibi should work as well though (nothing saying it is limited to singular or plural).


I assume it's vōs ( = you all, nomin/accus cases), in the drop-down menu, not vōx ( = voice, nomin sing).


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