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Thread: L.C. II XI question

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    Default L.C. II XI question

    In Exercise B #7 the sentence reads: "The farmers are moving the lambs into the field." The answer uses the accusative form of the Latin word field - agrum. However, the word "lambs" is the direct object of the sentence and field a prepositional object which would require the ablative ending "o". Does anyone have an explanation for why the ending "um" is used?

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    Louisville KY

    Default agrum?!


    The preposition "in" can take both the ablative and the accusative cases. However, it is translated differently in both cases. When in takes the ablative there is a more stationary idea.

    in the city
    on the wall

    they're not moving, they're just sitting there. When in takes the accusative case however more motion is suggested, and in can mean

    into the city
    against the wall

    In the sentence you gave, they are going "into the field" suggested motion/destination requires the use of the accusative.

    Glen Moore
    Glen Moore

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    Smile Thank


    Thank you so much for the explanation.

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