There are some times that you use




Which I assume are known as a question starting point.

But then there are verbs that you add a NE at the end to make the other person know you are asking.


Which I assume it means Shall we walk?

So when you want to combine QUID or UBI with this verb to say something like Where shall we walk do we say




  • You probably want to say quo ambulabimus (where shall we walk to) rather than ubi ambulabimus. Ubi would be right if you were asking whether you want to take a walk at the mall or park, or the riverfront.
    – Figulus
    Commented Jun 3, 2023 at 19:40

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We add -ne

1. when asking a yes-or-no question, that is to say, when we ask if a certain assertion is true or false, e.g.

Videsne canem? – Do you see the dog?

This is when we are asking neutrally. If we want to signal we are expecting or hoping for a negative answer, we can use the word num:

Num canem tetigisti? – Did you really touch the dog? / Surely you did not touch the dog? etc.

Or, if we want to signal we are expecting a positive answer, we can use nonne (which is actually non + -ne):

Nonne canem vidisti? – Did you not see the dog?

Simple -ne is neutral.

2. when asking for an alternative between two choices, where the “or” is always an:

Uter nostrum popularis est, tune an ego? – Which one of us two is a man of the people, you or me?

You can also leave the -ne out in this case (tu an ego) or use the word utrum:

Utrum ea vestra an nostra culpa est? – Is it your fault or ours?

Plot twist: To ask emphatically, you can also say utrumne, and an can be emphasized by saying anne.

By the way, all I just told you does not just apply to direct questions, but also to indirect questions, e.g.

Honestumne factu sit an turpe, dubitant. - They are unsure whether it is an honourable or shameful thing to do.

We do not add -ne when we have a question word like quid or ubi.

  • Great answer! I think I'll make a separate post about what to do with quid or ubi, assuming one doesn't already exist.
    – Adam
    Commented Aug 6, 2021 at 21:16
  • Just curious, is there a word for yes-or-no question in Latin? Commented Aug 8, 2021 at 13:24
  • @MarcvanLeeuwen latin.stackexchange.com/questions/1592/… Commented Aug 26, 2021 at 3:49

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