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Infinitive verbs within a sentence

I recently started a discussion titled "Iacere pisces amamus," intending for it to be translated as "We love to throw fish." The sentence structure was partly guesswork, since I had no idea how to fit "iacere," an infinitive verb, into the accusative phrase. As of yet, nobody has mentioned anything in regards to it, but I just want to be sure that I've guessed correctly.

Edit: There’s no reason for someone to downvote this discussion. I’m just looking for an answer regarding Latin sentence structure. There aren’t even any comments on it yet!

December 12, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzanneNussbaum

This structure works fine. You could similarly have: Pisces iacere volumus (We want to throw fish). Pisces iacere possumus (We are able to throw fish) Pisces iacere timemus (We're afraid to throw fish) Pisces iacere paramus (We're preparing to throw fish) Pisces iacere in animo habemus (We have in mind to throw fish).

It's normal to have the direct object right in front of the infinitive ("to throw fish" = pisces iacere), and the conjugated verb following the infinitive.

You're using the Latin infinitive just fine here! Pisces iacere solemus (We are accustomed to throwing fish)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

There are three main major uses of an infinitive in a sentence: Subjective, Objective and Complementary.

Subjective: Errare est humanum (''to err'' is human), infinitive is used as the subject

Objective: Coquere amo (I love ''to cook''), infinitive is used as the Direct Object of a verb

Complementary: Ad forum ire possunt (they are able ''to go'' to the forum), infinitive is needed to complete the meaning of: 'are able'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AvisStulta05

So, my example would use the complimentary use; “Pisces iacere amamus.”


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ds4321

Seems more like the objective. If Iacere amamus is objective, is Pisces iacere amamus also? Probably: We love object/act. What do we love? to throw fish (of course), the object of our love.

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