Please check if my translation is correct for this phrase: I have forgotten more than you ever knew:

Plus quam umquam sciebas oblitus sum

Is the word order correct, or should I put oblitus sum first? Should I have to use tu here or it can be omitted?

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    (Should it be plura as the object of oblitus sum?)
    – Hugh
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 15:14
  • Tu is rarely obligatory, but I'd use it since there's some contrastive emphasis on "you" here.
    – TKR
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 22:07

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I would change three things.

First, instead of plus, which in context would mean "more often" or "to a greater extent" and usually signals that the verb is to be repeated, I would use the plural direct object plura (more things). Now the comparison makes sense.

Second, I would use a perfect tense rather than an imperfect with umquam. The perfect is much more common, since the word means "at any point."

Third, I would put the quam clause at the end rather than embedding it, since that's more natural.

Plura oblitus sum quam umquam scivisti.

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