Latin for Beginners eBook

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    [Footnote 1:  Why is this word used instead of hostes\?]

    [Footnote 2:  Use the superlative of gravis\.]

    [Footnote 3:  Accusative.  In a comparison the noun after quam\ is in
    the same case as the one before it.]

N.B.  Beginning at this point, the selections for reading will be found near the end of the volume. (See p. 197.)



  [Special Vocabulary]

  alacer, alacris, alacre\, _eager, spirited, excited_ (alacrity)
celerita:s, -a:tis\, f., speed (celerity)
  cla:mor, cla:mo:ris\, m., _shout, clamor_
le:nis, le:ne\, mild, gentle (lenient)
  mulier, muli’eris\, f., _woman_
multitu:do:, multitu:dinis\, f., multitude
  ne:mo\, dat. ne:mini:\, acc. ne:minem\ (gen. nu:lli:us\, abl.
    nu:llo:\, from nu:llus\), no plur., m. and f., no one
  no:bilis, no:bile\, _well known, noble_
noctu:\, adv. (an old abl.), by night (nocturnal)
  statim\, adv., _immediately, at once_
subito:\, adv., suddenly
  tardus, -a, -um\, _slow_ (tardy)
cupio:, cupere, cupi:vi:, cupi:tus\, desire, wish (cupidity)

307. The following six adjectives in -lis form the comparative regularly; but the superlative is formed by adding -limus to the base of the positive.  Learn the meanings and comparison.

POSITIVE COMPARATIVE SUPERLATIVE facilis, -e, easy facilior, -ius facillimus, -a, -um difficilis, -e, hard difficilior, -ius difficillimus, -a, -um similis, -e, like similior, -ius simillimus, -a, -um dissimilis, -e, unlike dissimilior, -ius dissimillimus, -a, -um gracilis, -e, slender gracilior, -ius gracillimus, -a, -um humilis, -e, low humilior, -ius humillimus, -a, -um

308. From the knowledge gained in the preceding lesson we should translate the sentence Nothing is brighter than the sun

  Nihil est clarius quam sol

But the Romans, especially in negative sentences, often expressed the comparison in this way,

  Nihil est clarius sole

which, literally translated, is Nothing is brighter away from the sun; that is, starting from the sun as a standard, nothing is brighter.  This relation is expressed by the separative ablative sole\.  Hence the rule

309. RULE.  Ablative with Comparatives. The comparative degree, if /quam\ is omitted, is followed by the separative ablative.


First learn the special vocabulary, p. 296.

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