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Latin Grammar Dilemma

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 27, 2002, 23:14
I was considering to keep Classical Latin's neat "accusativus cum
infinitivo" construction alive in Jovian, e.g.

     Vou ti ere condinda.
     [vow ti e:r kAn"dind@]
     I_want  thee  be  happy.
     "I want you to be happy."

However, there seems to be a potential for misunderstandings if the
infinitive is a transitive verb, e.g.

     Vou ti esser.
     [vow ti "ess@r]
     I_want  thee  eat.

Should that be parsed as "I want you to eat" or "I want to eat

Does Latin have this ambiguity too?  If so, I might just let the
AcI die out and continue using the preposition |ud| like English
"that" or German "dass".

-- Christian Thalmann


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