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    First Form Latin Lesson 20

    Hello,

    On worksheet 6 we are asked to parse and translate "Agni sunt dona."

    My question is, why does the predicate noun not agree with the subject in gender?

    Natalie

    #2
    What a good question. A predicate noun will agree with the subject in case -- and if possible in number and gender. Caesar est consul. Caesar is the consul. Both nouns are nominative, singular, masculine. But, take as an example: Liger est flumen. The Loire is a river. Liger is masculine, and flumen is neuter. Each noun must retain its own gender. You are probably thinking of predicate adjectives, which agree in case, number, gender. Does this help?

    Bonnie
    Last edited by Bonnie; 03-21-2021, 09:08 AM.

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      #3
      Oh I see! Yes, thank you. I WAS thinking about predicate adjectives. Of course donum is neuter.

      Thanks for explaining - and guessing my mistake.

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