Questions tagged [latin]

This tag is for Latin words and phrases that appear in English, and Latin's influence on English language and pedagogy.

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Is ending a sentence with a preposition acceptable?

When I learned English at school, I was taught that I should not end a sentence with a preposition. Is it correct to end a sentence with a preposition? To avoid starting a sentence with a ...
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What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of "English grammar". As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'pace'?

I read the word 'pace' from a word-builder vocabulary book and says it comes from a Latin root and has the meaning of 'contrary to the opinion of', and an additional sentence example: She had only ...
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Is “indices” or “indexes” the plural of “index”?

I've heard both plural forms of index, indices and indexes. I usually use indices when referring to the computer science term for database index, but I'm not sure if it is correct in that context. ...
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Is putting -able to any verb allowed?

The best way to cut it short and still convey your message is adding -able to any verb. Yeah, it's doable - I considered all risks, resources to be used, my endurance, budget and the like. Also, ...
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How can knowing a root word help me?

When I was in school, teachers often used to say that we should know the root words in English. But woefully, I forgot how could they be handy. Can anybody here explain if remembering the root words ...
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English equivalent of French “quiproquo”

In English, quid pro quo refers to a barter-style exchange. I'll do this for you and you'll do something for me. There is this quote from the movie The Silence of the Lambs(1991) where Dr Lecter says: ...
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Should I use hippopotami?

When should I replace an 'us' with an 'i'? Are the following words valid? Hippopotami (plural of hippopotamus) Virii (plural of virus) Bonii (plural of bonus) When should I use 'i' and when ...
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When is the suffix -tor and -ter used?

Can someone help me in understanding the suffix -tor and -ter? I am not able to understand it properly and I always mix the spelling like: "computor" when it should be computer "administrater" when ...
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English equivalent of French “quiproquo” (bis)

This question is related to this one and this other one, both regarding the same matter but from distinct points of view. After reading the above posts I remained unsatisfied because of what I see ...
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Usage of the word “gratis” in English

As Spanish native speaker, I cannot find the context or usage of word "gratis" in English Language, as example: All apples are gratis. I know (maybe I'm wrong) that it would be better to use: ...
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Grammaticality: 'something than which nothing greater can be thought'

Source: pp 158-159, The Cambridge Companion to Anselm, by Brian Davies, Brian Leftow What Anselm describes himself as looking for here he believed he had found when reflecting on the idea that ...