The apples my brother sent me are very sour

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Lamb67

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China/Mandarin
The apples my brother sent me are very sour.

Mala quae misit mihi frater meus acerbissima sunt.

Acerbissima should be moved over to the front of misit?

Please comment

Thanks.
 
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  • Scholiast

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    saluete omnes!

    Many elementary Latin grammar manuals will tell you that 'word order does not matter'. This is an oversimplification, mainly aimed at English-speaking students, for whom the idea of inflected endings determining sense is alien.

    In fact, Latin word-order indicates subtle variations of emphasis. As a rough and ready guide, look at the first and last words of a sentence to determine the flavour. That said, there's nothing wrong at all with...

    Mala quae misit mihi frater meus acerbissima sunt.
    ...the tone of which is fairly neutral.

    But 'mala quae misit...sunt acerbissima!' would throw the weight firmly onto acerbissima, as would 'acerbissima sunt mala quae misit...'.

    I take it you are studying Latin. May I/we know which textbook you are working with and from?

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    Lamb67

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    China/Mandarin
    Thanks, the book on hand was printed nearly 100 years ago in Britain and I only can provide as follows as it was damaged.
    Printed in Great Britain At the University Press Oxford by Charles Batey Printer to the University but I will let you know its name by searching my previous posts finger crossed.😁
     
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