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    Henle I Ex. 268 No. 9, page 256

    Why is the answer (in the answer key) in the active voice? "Perventum est" is passive.

    9. Prima luce ad fines hostium perventum est.

    Answer: At dawn they arrived at the territory.

    And if this is the desired answer, wouldn't the exercise read: Prima luce ad fines hostium pervenerunt. I've run across this before where a passive construction is used when it seems an active one is called for. Any clarification would be appreciated.

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    perventum est

    Perventum est is an impersonal construction. Many Latin verbs are used this way, such as pugnatur ('a battle is going on'). Paul.

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