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Beginning a letter in latin--what were common conventions [duplicate]

In the USA, it is customary to begin a letter with "Dear" and the name of the recipient. E.g., "Dear Dr. Smith" or "Dear Alex". Was there a similar convention for the ...
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How does one respond to "Quid agis."

"Quid agis?" is a common idiomatic expression meaning "how are you doing" and "what are you doing". It is similar to the French "ça va?" Some of the ways I have ...
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Gender ambiquity of the 3rd person

In most cases I find Latin is much more specific than English, but there are some exceptions. For example, it seems like the use of the 3rd person singular is often ambiguous with regards to gender. ...
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What does the adverb 'eò' in 'Surge modò, licebit vesperi eò maturiùs lectum petere' mean?

I found this passage in the colloquy 'Surrectio Matutina' from an old book containing colloquies by Erasmus, Vives and some Schottenius Hassus. The book is titled 'Familiaria colloquia, operâ ...
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How to introduce a new topic in conversation (like "by the way", "speaking of")?

In English we can use "by the way" to introduce a topic that not related to the previous one. Or we can use "speaking of"/"apropos" when we are using a theme just mentioned to introduce a related ...
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"Any thoughts" in Latin

How would one translate "any thoughts?" into Latin? It is an ellipse for "does anyone have any thoughts?" I would think "ullas cogitationes?" for "Aliquis ullas cogitationes habet?"
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Is it idiomatic to say "Intellego" to assure the speaker you're understanding?

In other words, when an English speaking person would say "I see" meaning "I understand what you're saying", is it natural in classical Latin to say Intellego, as in, maybe even more than once? If not,...
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"How about" in Latin

How do you propose an idea for someone else to accept, reject, or counteroffer, as in this conversation? A. Where would you like to have dinner tonight? B. How about Rex Aztecorum on Fourth Street? ...
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Translating "understand" in a conversation

What is the best verb to be used in phrases like "I'm sorry, I didn't understand" or "Did you understand?" in Latin? In English one might use "understand" or "get", in Italian perhaps "capire" is the ...
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Softeners for conversational topic transitions: "Well, …", "So, …"

In conversation, we often introduce a new topic or make a transition with a little introductory word, like "Well, …" or "So, …" in English or "Allora …" in Italian. For ...
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