posted by Ryan on .
When I am translating Latin sentances, where should I start. Should I identify what all the words mean or should I find the subject of the sentence or maybe the main verb.
I'd start by identifying as many words as possible. Then find the verb and the subject. Next, look up the meanings of unfamiliar words. Finally figure out the meaning of the sentence, using the words and their endings.
The main verb is at the end of nearly all Latin sentences. Start there. Make sure you determine its tense and whether it's singular or plural.
Then find the subject. It'll be in nominative case, and will be either singular or plural to match the ending on the verb.
Then you will be able to put the rest of the sentence together more easily, using Ms. Sue's suggestions above.
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