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"The thief does not want to buy the shoes."

Translation:Fur calceos emere non vult.

December 8, 2019



Of course, the thief didn't want to buy the shoes. The thief wants to steal it!


Scilicet, fur calceos emere non vult, sed eos furari!


It was my understanding that there is no strict word order in Latin. I just had "Fur emere calceos non vult" marked incorrect. Is it really incorrect?


I believe your response is correct. It's just that there are so many combinations that are correct in Latin, that Duolingo is bound to miss a few (and in some cases, a lot).

If you know for sure that your translation is correct (and without typos or any other mistakes), please submit it as a correct answer. That way you'll be improving Duolingo for yourself, the moderators, and all of the users.


Same here. Is it a mistake or just an option non contemplated in duo?


After 13 months it is still not accepted, but I'm reporting it, anyway.


If "emitne" is incorrect then it shouldn't be included in the hints, much less the very first one.


It definitely shouldn't show as an option for this exercise. The -ne suffix is only for an interrogative sentence, which this exercise is not.


I think you should have taken my answer. Fur emere calceos non vult. I tried to do this as a report but it switched me to discussion. I think there are some preferred word orders in Latin but generally the most important words come at the beginning of the sentence.


Once again, word order is a bone of contention.

As I commented on a previous question on word order, I wish this info would be included in the "Tips & Notes" for the lesson where a construction first appears. It would help the learner develop good habits in constructing sentences.


It's just so annoying to "teach" Duolingo correct answers while losing hearts.


It seems like he takes his job really seriously.

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