Help please.

Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 03:52 am

I'm currently at the beginning of teaching myself Latin so my question is a very basic one, so please forgive me that. I have come across a word at the beginning of a question to which I'm unable to find a direct translation of and would love somebody to help me out. I understand the basic premise of the question but would like someone to let me know if I'm correct. The perils of being self taught, no teacher to ask!

The question as written is "Cuius servus est Dāvus?". It's the word "Cuius" which is puzzling me. I think it mean "who is" but I'd just like some conformation either way please.

Any help would be fantastic and greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 04:55 am
You might want to add a "Latin" tag to the thread. Otherwise our resident Latin speaker might not notice the thread.
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Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 05:52 am
I think it's a proper noun.

I think it means Cuius is the servant of Davus or Cuius is Davus' servant.

My schoolboy Latin is a bit **** so you might want to wait until someone who knows something comes along.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 09:43 am
Cuius is the noun form of the verb (a gerund?) 'who is'. The sentence isn't in a question form.

Literaly - The who is the servant of Savus. The sense of it is - That unknown person is the servant of Savus.

5 years of it against my will. Though it really did help with my English and I had a knack for phrases like 'quid pro quo'.

If I am wrong - never mind. Isn't Jespah a lawyer?
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Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 01:19 pm
I’ll not be much help but I do remember this phrase:

Latin is a dead language , as dead as it can be.
First did kill the Romans, and now it’s killing me.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Sun 30 Oct, 2022 06:34 pm
Semper ubi sub ubi?
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Reply Mon 31 Oct, 2022 01:12 pm
Dear all,

Many thanks for all the advice and assistance.
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