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While contemplating his family, Aeneas sees Helen hiding near Vesta's altar. Rage flares up in him, as he thinks about avenging Troy. This is the beginning of the famous Helen Episode in the Aeneid. Check out http://www.aeneid.co for more videos and help on reading the Aeneid!
We run into a bit of a problem when we want to use an adjective to modify a possessive adjective, since the personal pronoun can't be used to show possession. So instead we take that adjective and put it into the genitive case so that it agrees with the implied pronoun. It's a bit of complicated grammar, but I hope I did a good job of explaining it well.
91 rules of grammar adjectives nouns
Augustus may have left the urbane city of Rome made of marble, but he had a very folksy way of speaking. This new minutiae explores two different sayings by Rome's first emperor on the theme of ... vegetables.
The case, number, and gender of the relative pronoun comes from two different sources. This video intends to illuminate this bipartite origin, while simultaneously reviewing the relative. Watch and learn!
91 rules of grammar cases nouns
A litotes is a deliberate understatement. Or should I say, it is not an accidental overstatement. Often litotes will be seen as double negatives, like "not too shabby" or "not bad". In Latin we see this a lot with the word "non". But don't think that a litotes HAS to be a double negative. Robert Frost would suggest otherwise. I hope this video will suffice.
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The basis of verb conjugation in Latin comes down to its subject. Is it first person, second person, or third person, and singular or plural? This will change the ending of the verb and thus its meaning.
91 rules of grammar nouns verbs
The word barbarian was coined by the Greeks to cover all people who didn't speak Greek, even though you may think it refers to cities, laws, or even a particular preference for drink. The thing is, the Greeks even felt that the Latin speaking Romans were barbarians. That is, until they were conquered by them.
Adverbs in Latin and English do more than just modify verbs (although that is where you will see them mostly). An adverb can also modify adjectives and even other adverbs. I'll show you how in this video.
91 rules of grammar adjectives verbs
Juno has aroused another storm and Dido and Aeneas, who are out on their hunt, find themselves in the same cave. Juno serves as bridesmaid to this primal wedding, with Earth and Sky witnesses and nymphs singing the wedding hymn. Check out http://www.aeneid.co for more videos and help on reading the Aeneid!
Forming a yes or no question in Latin can be relatively simple. You add the enclitic interrogative particle -ne to the end of the first or most important word in the sentence. It's not like English where word order determines everything (does it? It does!).
91 rules of grammar