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Use of "am" versus "ae" with the words "linguae latinae/linguam latinam"

(first of all so sorry for my poor english it is not my first language, thank you for your patience)

<pre> How can i know for sure when to use "ae" or "am"? </pre>

I've noticed that when the subject is yourself, like "Linguam Latinam disco" then it is "am". But i've also seem the "am" be used for when a female subject is in use?

Same question but for "litteris latinis" VERSUS "litteras latinas", how do i know when to use which?

January 25, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamHunter20

Does this help - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_declension

-ae is used for (first declension) nominative and vocative plural
-am is used for (first declension) accusative singular

So if there are several (first declension) things doing something (ie subject of the verb) use -ae. But if it is the object of the verb (being done) use -am.

-as is accusative plural (direct object) -is is dative or ablative plural (two types of indirect object)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rei-Pinto

It doesn't really help because the terms in english are too complicated for me =(. I've no idea what a declension or nominative thing is I've never properly learned english.

But thank you alot for being helpful i am sure that this will help other people with the same question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dariya902917

The use of "am" and "o" really make no difference; just to help distinguish the words. They mean the same thing but I think it is a style of preference.

2) It depends on what you want to say. "-is" is usually used as a dative or an ablative ending and "-as" is exclusive to the feminine plural accusative.

I saw your previous comment and hopefully this makes sense. I can understand the confusion too.

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