Latin for Beginners eBook

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Pronounce the following words and give their general meaning.  Then give the number and case, and the use of each form.  Where the same form stands for more than one case, give all the possible cases and uses.

1.  Silva, silvas, silvam. 2.  Fugam, fugae, fuga. 3.  Terrarum, terrae, terras. 4.  Aquas, causam, lunas. 5.  Filiae, fortunae, lunae. 6.  Iniurias, agricolarum, aquarum. 7.  Iniuriarum, agricolae, puellas. 8.  Nautam, agricolas, nautas. 9.  Agricolam, puellam, silvarum.



  [Special Vocabulary]

  [See Transcriber’s Note at beginning of text.]

  dea\, _goddess_ (deity)
   Dia:’na, _Diana_
fera\, a wild beast (fierce)
   La:to:’na, Latona
  sagit’ta\, _arrow_

  est\, _he (she, it) is_; sunt\, they are
  necat\, _he (she, it) kills, is killing, does kill_

  et\, _and_

  quis\, interrog. pronoun, nom. sing., _who?_
cuius\ (pronounced c[oo]i’y[oo]s, two syllables), interrog.
    pronoun, gen. sing., whose?

    [Footnote A:  A conjunction is a word which connects words, parts
    of sentences, or sentences.]

35. We learned from the table (Sec. 33) that the Latin nominative, genitive, and accusative correspond, in general, to the nominative, possessive, and objective in English, and that they are used in the same way.  This will be made even clearer by the following sentence: 

  Filia agricolae nautam amat,
    the farmer’s daughter (or the daughter of the farmer)
    loves the sailor

What is the subject? the direct object?  What case is used for the subject? for the direct object?  What word denotes the possessor?  In what case is it?

36. RULE.  Nominative Subject. The subject of a finite verb is in the Nominative and answers the question Who? or What?

37. RULE.  Accusative Object. The direct object of a transitive verb is in the Accusative and answers the question Whom? or What?

38. RULE.  Genitive of the Possessor. The word denoting the owner or possessor of something is in the Genitive and answers the question Whose?



First learn the special vocabulary, p. 283.

I. 1.  Diana est dea. 2.  Latona est dea. 3.  Diana et Latona sunt deae. 4.  Diana est dea lunae. 5.  Diana est filia Latonae. 6.  Latona Dianam amat. 7.  Diana est dea silvarum. 8.  Diana silvam amat. 9.  Diana sagittas portat. 10.  Diana feras silvae necat. 11.  Ferae terrarum pugnant.

For the order of words imitate the Latin above.

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