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Epistólió in electronicó quídam mihi sic scrípsit: "Quid tibi vidétur dé Epistuliís Leónínís?" (Epistulæ Leónínæ acta sunt hebdomadália ab eó missa, quás nóndum vídí.)

Sententia (síve phrasis) "Quid tibi vidétur dé [néscióquó]" mihi ignóta est. Quid velit dícere?

(Hóc in linguá Latíná scríptó, cernó sérius respónsum anglicum potius quam latínum mihi conveníre…)

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  • Btw since you're marking vowel lengths: velit has short e, and sic and sive have long i.
    – TKR
    Jun 11, 2016 at 16:36
  • @TKR Thanks yet again! I've fixed velit and sive. Sic, unless I'm mistaken (I may be), is usually marked long because it used to be sicce and long not by nature but by position. Jun 11, 2016 at 16:39
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    I think the vowel of sic is long. There are alternative spellings seic and sīce (the latter marked with long i in L&S), and it's derived from .
    – TKR
    Jun 11, 2016 at 16:47

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I take it to mean "What do you think about X?" or "What is your opinion of X?".

Literally, "What seems to you [sc. to be the case] about X?"

I'm not sure if I've seen this expression in Latin authors, but it strikes me as idiomatic. There are other languages (including I think Romance languages) which have a similar idiom.

(Btw, I can't understand the last sentence of your question.)

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  • Thanks! I intended the last sentence to mean (clunkily translated), "This question having been written in Latin, I realize too late that an English rather than a Latin answer would suit me better." Jun 11, 2016 at 16:23
  • (Please suggest improvements if any occur to you!) Jun 11, 2016 at 16:23
  • @JoelDerfner In that case I think you need either scripto or rogato but not both, and an infinitive instead of conveniat.
    – TKR
    Jun 11, 2016 at 16:32
  • D'oh! I'll correct. Jun 11, 2016 at 16:32
  • I agree. Cf. Greek dokei moi.
    – Cerberus
    Jun 11, 2016 at 22:48

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