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    Henle Exercise 216 #3 & #6 (verb ending "bantur"

    When translating a verb with the ending "bantur", how do you know when to add "being" and when not to?

    Like my son translated #3 as, "Many boys were being seen in the fields." Answer key has "Many boys were seen in the fields."

    #6 He translated it as "The rest of the enemy was held in on all sides by the Romans." Answer key has "The rest of the enemy was being held in on all sides by the Romans."

    Kelly

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    Re: Henle Exercise 216 #3 & #6 (verb ending "bantur"

    Originally posted by generalsparky View Post
    When translating a verb with the ending "bantur", how do you know when to add "being" and when not to?

    Like my son translated #3 as, "Many boys were being seen in the fields." Answer key has "Many boys were seen in the fields."

    #6 He translated it as "The rest of the enemy was held in on all sides by the Romans." Answer key has "The rest of the enemy was being held in on all sides by the Romans."

    Kelly
    Adding "being" would be the most literal translation. However, omitting it often sounds better in English. Does that make sense?
    Michael
    Memoria Press

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      Re: Henle Exercise 216 #3 & #6 (verb ending "bantur"

      Yes, so either can be correct in the translation?

      Kelly

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        Re: Henle Exercise 216 #3 & #6 (verb ending "bantur"

        Originally posted by generalsparky View Post
        Yes, so either can be correct in the translation?

        Kelly
        For the imperfect passive, yes. The "being" emphasizes that the action is ongoing because it's imperfect in Latin, but again, generally sounds awkward in English.

        vocabar = I was (being) loved
        vocabaris = you were (being) loved
        vocabatur = he, she, it was (being) loved

        vocabamur = we were (being) loved
        vocabamini = "you all" were (being) loved
        vocabantur = they were (being) loved

        HTH!
        Michael
        Memoria Press

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          Re: Henle Exercise 216 #3 & #6 (verb ending "bantur"

          Yes!

          Thank you very much, Michael.

          Kelly

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