Estne vacuus/Vacuusne est..?

Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by Alaedious, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Alaedious Senior Member

    France
    American English
    In capitulo quarto of Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg, in Pensum C, we read the following question:
    - Estne vacuus sacculus Mēdī?

    Since dominus is trying to ascertain if the pouch is empty or not, could the enclitic also fall on the adjectif vacuus?
    -Vacuusne est sacculus Mēdī?

    Thanks so much for the help!
     
  2. Scholiast

    Scholiast Senior Member

    Reading, UK
    English - UK
    Salvete amici!

    Yes, vacuusne est sacculus Medi? also makes sense, but it shifts the emphasis somewhat - an emphasis which in English, whether BrE or AmE, we would most naturally convey by tone of voice:

    "Is Medus' purse empty?"

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