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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.


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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