Trying to get adjective / noun declension correct.

Reply Thu 8 Oct, 2015 04:43 pm

I want to create a Latin phrase (title maybe) for "new/fresh/refreshed book". That is, a new kind of book in the evolution of books.

I've done some poking about in English-Latin dictionaries and the like, and discovered a bit about adjective-noun word order in Latin. The thing that's kickin my butt is declension and adjective-noun agreement.

What I've come up with so far is "novus libri". I've put the adjective first because I want to stress the newness of the idea, not the "bookness". However I'm pretty sure those word forms don't fit with each other. Book as a singular noun is my target, so is "libri" correct? And then how do I make "novus" fit. Or am I being too picky?

Thanks a million!
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Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2015 07:30 am
You're not being too picky. Latin is a picky kind of language.

In Latin, adjectives must agree with the nouns they modify in case,
number and gender.

The Latin word for book is liber. In this instance, case is nominative,
number is singular and gender is masculine. The nominative, singular,
masculine of novus is novus.

The usual word order is noun, adjective, but word order is not as
important in Latin as it is in English. It is not uncommon to use word
order for emphasis, as you intend.

So . . .

Novus Liber

Reply Fri 9 Oct, 2015 09:08 pm
Thanks, George. You rock.

Reply Sat 10 Oct, 2015 08:46 am
My pleasure, ScottyDM.
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