Very

Forum and collegium dedicated to the teaching, writing, speaking and interpretation of Latin, ancient Greek and other languages of related cultures.

Moderator: Aldus Marius

Very

Postby Quintus Marius Primus on Fri Aug 27, 2004 4:04 pm

How is 'very' (as in to qualify an adjective) translated into Latin? Is the superlative used instead of an adverb?
Q. Marius Primus
Londinium, Britannia
User avatar
Quintus Marius Primus
Eques
Eques
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:14 pm
Location: Londinium, Britannia

Postby Quintus Pomponius Atticus on Fri Aug 27, 2004 6:04 pm

Salve Prime,

A very good question again :wink:. I think the Romans would've simply used 'maxime'. Is there a latinist in the room to confirm or invalidate this suggestion (Luuupe :lol:) ?

Vale,

Q. Pomponius Atticus
Quintus Pomponius Atticus
Praetor

"Ars longa, vita brevis" - Hippocrates
Quintus Pomponius Atticus
Senator
Senator
 
Posts: 500
Joined: Wed Aug 28, 2002 6:03 pm
Location: Belgica

Postby Gnaeus Dionysius Draco on Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:48 pm

Salve Quinte Mari,

I thought "valde" might qualify, but I'm not certain of this at all. I also think Lupus (or Crispus?) may shed more light on this.

Vale,
Draco
Gn. Dionysius Draco Invictus
User avatar
Gnaeus Dionysius Draco
Curialis
Curialis
 
Posts: 1618
Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2002 8:04 pm
Location: Belgica

Postby Marcus Pomponius Lupus on Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:59 pm

Salvete,

Yes, valde means very and can be used with both verbs and adjectives.

Valde amabant matrem - They loved their mother very much

Hoc valde iucundum est - That is very pleasant


But still, I think a superlative was used more often than the construction with valde.

Valete bene
Lupus
Marcus Pomponius Lupus
Iurisconsultus
User avatar
Marcus Pomponius Lupus
Eques
Eques
 
Posts: 307
Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2002 8:40 pm
Location: Belgica

Rock-fishing

Postby Aldus Marius on Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:01 pm

Salvete Latinisti...

I think magne would come before maxime in degree of 'veriness'; as the former is the comparative, the latter the superlative: 'greater' versus 'greatest'.

If I'm wrong, feel free to tie rocks to the feet of my suggestion and throw it into the Tiber! >({|;-)

In fide,
Aldus Marius Peregrinus.
User avatar
Aldus Marius
Curialis
Curialis
 
Posts: 2173
Joined: Wed Sep 11, 2002 3:16 am
Location: Within hailing distance


Return to Collegium Linguarum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron