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    If "nihil" is indeclinable...

    ...why is it "ex nihilo," instead of "ex nihil?"
    Cheryl, mom to:

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    Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

    Originally posted by Cheryl in CA View Post
    ...why is it "ex nihilo," instead of "ex nihil?"
    Because nihilo comes from a different version of the word: nihilum -i n.
    Michael
    Memoria Press

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      #3
      Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

      Originally posted by Michael View Post
      Because nihilo comes from a different version of the word: nihilum -i n.
      Thank you so much! I knew you would know :-)
      Cheryl, mom to:

      ds 24, graduated
      ds 23, graduated
      dd 15, 9th Grade
      dd 12, 6th Grade
      ds 10, 4nd Grade

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        Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

        Building on this...why is it "ex nihilo" instead of "e nihilo". My son asked me this when we were working on prepositions in SFL and as usual, I had no good answer other than "Because!"
        Tracy
        My boys: JR, Riley, and Jack
        MP rising 6A, 5A, and MPK

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          Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

          Ex may be used before any letter (although it is generally not used before the consonants b, p, f, v, m.) The short form e may be used before a consonant, but it is not mandatory. The main idea is not to use e before a vowel or h.

          Cheers.
          Bonnie

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            Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

            Originally posted by GeorgiaMom View Post
            Building on this...why is it "ex nihilo" instead of "e nihilo". My son asked me this when we were working on prepositions in SFL and as usual, I had no good answer other than "Because!"
            What Bonnie said! (Thanks, Bonnie!) In the Forms, we teach the simpler "ex before vowels, e before consonants" for beginners. (Ab also occurs before consonants sometimes, though less often than ex.)

            Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
            Ex may be used before any letter (although it is generally not used before the consonants b, p, f, v, m.) The short form e may be used before a consonant, but it is not mandatory. The main idea is not to use e before a vowel or h.

            Cheers.
            Bonnie
            Michael
            Memoria Press

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              Re: If "nihil" is indeclinable...

              Thanks so much Bonnie and Michael! I wrote that one down.
              Tracy
              My boys: JR, Riley, and Jack
              MP rising 6A, 5A, and MPK

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