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Re: Prefix and noun agreement

MorphemeAddict (MorphemeAddict@wmconnect.com) [KLI Member] [Hol taghwI']



In a message dated 12/12/2007 10:32:12 PM Central Standard Time, 
mcardle09@yahoo.com writes:

> > 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).
> 

Yeah, I thought of this after the send too.
My example had "sumus", and it occurred to me only later that this was not 
the only verb this situation could occur with.
And your example would seem to answer the question rather finally, I think.

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