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Quid agis, Quomodo

What's the difference between quid agit and quomodo?? They both are "how" in one way or another. But which one for what use?

February 25, 2020

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Quid agit is used when asking someone how someone else is doing. Ex: Quid agit Marcus? How is Marcus?

Quomodo is used when you are asking the person directly. Ex: Quomodo te habes? How are you doing?


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But you can just as easily ask 'quid agis?', 'how are you?' and 'quomodo se habet ille?', 'how's he doing?'


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Nothing technically, it's all about that grammar and them idioms.

Quid + agere literally means what are you doing?, but is used in a broader sense of how are you doing? kind of like "what's up?"

Quomodo x + habere is How does X consider themselves (to be)? a sort of, "How do you think you're doing?"

You can use both at your leisure. Just know that a lot of people try and use sum, esse plus adjectives for that kind of thing, which isn't as typical. Latin has a wealth of verbs for answering those types of questions. Like esurio I am hungry

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