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Re: Prefix and noun agreement

McArdle (

--- wrote:

> In a message dated 12/12/2007 8:29:09 AM Central
> Standard Time, 
> writes:
> > >I suspect that it works in most languages where
> the verb conjugation
> > >can give an explicit "third person plural
> subject" mark to the sentence.
> > >Are there any Latin scholars reading?
> > 
> Latin word order is such that a noun with a first or
> second person verb would 
> be interpreted as a predicate nominative, rather
> than a subject, regardless 
> of position.

I don't think so.  The verb would have to be one
regarded by the hearer as copulative.  A clear
counterexample springs to mind:  "Morituri te
salutamus" - "We who are about to die salute you". 
There's no place for a predicate nominative in this
sentence, so "morituri" is clearly the subject of a
first-person plural verb (or, if you prefer, it stands
in apposition to a suppressed pronominal subject).

-- mI'qey

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