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Latin Adverbs Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Latin Language

Saepe means “often” in Latin. Now that you know this, try translating this sentence :

Betulās saepe necō. (betula = birch tree)

The answer is : I often kill birch trees.

Let’s look at another adverb : semper. Semper = always. Try translating this sentence :

Pīrāta semper pugnat nautam.

The answer is : The pirate is always fighting the sailor. We know that “sailor” is the direct object because it ends in -am. Also, pīrāta is in the nominative, which means that it’s the subject of the sentence.

Let’s look at the one more adverb : numquam. Numquam = never.

Aquam numquam portant.

Answer : They never carry water. We know the direct object ends in -am, but both aquam and numquam end in -am. Since we know that numquam means “never”, we can automatically conclude that this is not the direct object.

Try translating these sentences :

(1) Convīvae semper iuvant fēminās.

(2) Et casās et schaphās saepe spectāmus.

(3) Tubās tabulāsque numquam numerātis.

Here are the answers :

(1) The guests always help the women

(2) We often watch both the houses and boats

(3) You all never count the trumpets and the writing tablets

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