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"You wash the parrot in water."

Translation:In aqua psittacum lavatis.

November 23, 2019



"In water" means a bath, so we can say bathing in Latin, or does it mean "with water", and in this case we could use "cum + ablative"? "to wash in water"

For instance, you wash your vegetable in water, you put them in a sink, and turn on the tap, so I think that cum + ablative would do, or the ablative of means, without any preposition.

Is it correct?


Actually, if you're using water for washing, you would not use the preposition cum ( = "with") in your sentence. That's because water is a 'thing,' as opposed to a person (or animal); and the ablative case alone (without the preposition cum) expresses the function 'thing by means of which/with which' the subject does the action. ( = ablative of means)

So: Aqua psittacum lavatis, "You all are washing the parrot with water." We don't have long marks (abl. aqua needs a long a for the final syllable); so it will be easier to see with this example: Vino psittacum lavatis, "You all are washing the parrot with wine." That's the ablative of means.

Keep "cum" for "together with people/animals" (Cum amicis ad urbem advenio, "I arrive at the city with friends") and for some 'manner' expressions, like magna cum laude, "with great praise" (she/he earned a college degree), and so forth.


If you wash your parrot with wine, no wonder it gets drunk!


Very helpful, thanks!


Here the system is inconsistent that it insists on putting 'in aqua' first.


When should we add pronouns like "Ego Tu Vos" in a latin sentence?


For emphasis - you can anytime.


It wont accept my correct answer

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