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The u-supine can connect with dignus like:

Nihil dignum dictu actum his consulibus (Livy; nothing worth saying/of mentioning was done ..)

But when I tried to use this pattern to say: "No one is worth to be believed easily" I ran into trouble. I have my doubts whether this can be done at all, but if it does I have my doubt between the two options:

Nemo est dignus creditu temere

Nemini est digno creditu temere

The example from Livy suggest the first option might do: "no one is worth with respect to believing" but shouldn't that actually translate to: "no one is worth to believe" ("to believe" not "to be believed"). As something feels missing - the dative. But if it works, can we say with the supine something like: "No one is worth to believe the truth"?

The second example I actually think is not grammatical.


Addendum: The issue at hand seems to be the absence of the "passive gerunds"/supines. For Virgil says:

Superanda omnis fortuna ferendo est. (every fortune is to be subdued by/with endurance)

But if we want to use the gerund passive like: "children (can) see the behind the wall by being carried" we can't say (or can we?) "liberi ferendo post murum vident".

But here the u-supine from Livy suggests the supine can be used "passively". is the "dignus+ u-supine" restricted to passive usage?


Addendum 2: It is not clear the supine can be modified by an adverb as done here, If that's indeed the case, the adverb can be removed.

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    Grammars tend to be frustratingly vague about the relationship between the second supine and the noun modified by the adjective to which the supine is attached. But in every single example I have seen, the noun was the direct object of the supine. Res foeda visu, si hoc est fas dictu and so on. So I believe your whole idea cannot work, because the direct object of credere is the thing to be believed, not the person. Jun 6 '21 at 20:39
  • FWIW, searching on PHI finds no instances of creditu.
    – TKR
    Jun 6 '21 at 20:41
  • @TKR, If I had to guess, I would have said it is difficile creditu not to find any creditu in PHI. at least I could find 2 examples of dingus credi:
    – d_e
    Jun 6 '21 at 21:13
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    I think you need to use a different construction for this – e.g., nemo est dignus cui credatur.
    – cnread
    Jun 7 '21 at 5:42

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