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"The head of the house saves the mother."

Translation:Paterfamilias matrem servat.

January 12, 2020



What's the difference between "matrem" and "mater"?


Mater is the nominative singular, used when 'mother' is the subject of the sentence, the one doing the action.

  • Mater patrem servat -> "The mother saves the father."

Matrem is the accusative singular, used when an action is being done to 'mother', the direct object.

  • Matrem pater servat -> "The father saves the mother."
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