Latin words when you are translating, and imitate it when you are turning English into Latin.
2. Possessive pronouns and modifying genitives normally stand after their nouns. When placed before their nouns they are emphatic, as fīlia mea, my daughter; mea fīlia, my daughter; casa Galbae, Galba's cottage; Galbae casa, Galba’s cottage.
Notice the variety of emphasis produced by writing the following sentence in different ways:
- Fīlia mea agricolīs cēnam parat (normal order)
- Mea filia agricolīs parat cenam (mea and cēnam emphatic)
- Agricolīs fīlia mea cēnam parat (agricolīs emphatic)
3. An adjective placed before its noun is more emphatic than when it follows. When great emphasis is desired, the adjective is separated from its noun by other words.
- Fīlia mea casam parvam nōn amat (parvam not emphatic)
- Fīlia mea parvam casam nōn amat (parvam more emphatic)
- Parvam fīlia mea casam nōn amat (parvam very emphatic)
4. Interrogative words usually stand first, the same as in English.
5. The copula (as est, sunt) is of so little importance that it frequently does not stand last, but may be placed wherever it sounds well.
First learn the special vocabulary, p. 284.
Note the order of the words in these sentences and pick out those that are not normal in position and hence are unusually emphatic.
- 1. Longae nōn sunt tuae viae.
- 2. Suntne tubae novae in meā casā? Nōn sunt.
- 3. Quis lātā in silvā habitat? Diāna, lūnae clārae pulchra dea, lātā in silvā habitat.
- 4. Nautae altās et lātās amant aquās.
- 5. Quid ancilla tua portat? Ancilla mea tubam novam portat.
- 6. Ubi sunt Lesbia et Iūlia? In tuā casā est Lesbia et Iūlia est in meā.
- 7. Estne Italia lāta terra? Longa est Italia, nōn lāta.
- 8, Cui Galba agricola fābulam novam nārrat? Fīliābus dominae clārae fābulam novam nārrat.
- 9. Clāra est īnsula Sicilia.
- 10. Quem laudat Lātōna? Lātōna laudat filiam.