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How to say yes or no, and please, in Cicero's tongue

Note: I will add more tomorrow

I want to share this, I've found this very interesting paragraph in an old French Latin book, I will edit this post if I found other interesting on the topic.
If you have addition, I will include them, but only if you have a source, that can be checked.

Answering yes or no to a question:

"In lieu of repeating the question, it's possible to:

-to express "yes", using the affirmative adverbs:

-sane quidem
-ita plane
-ita profecto
-ita est.

= all meaning "yes".

To express the negation, using negative adverbs:

-non vero
-non Hercle vero
-minime vero
-nihil vero minus
-nihil sane
-ne... quidem
-non ita
-non ita est

= all meaning "no".


I go to bed, so I'll had the sources tomorrow.

-Si tibi placet = literally if it pleases you = like the French "s'il te plaît".

-Si vis (if you want)

-Quaeso, literally I beg (you).

-amabo te, Literally I will love you (if you do that)

November 23, 2019



You forgot sic, meaning yes (gave rise to Italian sì). :)


Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


Thank you. In reality, I didn't forget it, I want to add more, with references in texts, but I have no time for now. It takes time to search.
(I had only the time to paste this extract from one grammar book, with many examples of yes/no.)


I've seen "Sic est," as well.


I had heard that another way to answer is to respond with the verb (conjugated to correctly reflect the subject you're talking about), along with "non" (if it's a negative answer).

For example:

  • Question: Bibisne vinum? (Do you drink wine?)

  • Affirmative response: Bibo. (Yes, (I drink wine.) Literally: I drink.)

  • Negative response: Non bibo. (No, (I don't drink wine.) Literally: I do not drink.)

There was also an old Latin word -- esto -- that literally means "Let it be so." It's not quite the same as "yes," but it fills the same nuance as "So be it." Plus, it can be negated (non esto) to mean something like "Let's hope not."


yes all of these could mean yes but, no? just think about it, none is a universal answer and every single one of them need context. What's the point of writing a list which can never be complete or correct? You learn the meaning of those words/expressions separately and then maybe use them in replies accordingly to what you want to answer. This, I'm sorry doesn't make any sense...

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