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If a demonstrative is not modifying a noun, is it called a demonstrative pronoun?

I was confused on this since aren't demonstrative adjectives phrases like , "this fast" or "this large". If they are, then demonstrative adjectives not necessarily modifying nouns ...
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What is the difference between is, ille, and hic when they mean "he"?

I already know about the distance, but this is a difference in the meaning when they are demonstrative. What would be the difference in connotations, and their use, when they are "he". I can find ...
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How to find the object of reference of a latin relative pronoun?

In De Bello Gallico, book 1, chapter 1, it starts as follows: Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli ...
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Is EUM the only possible translation for HIM as direct object?

In an exam a teacher has put the following example to fill in the gap: Amici Rufi ____ noscebant. According to the docent, if the right word has been selected, the translation in English should be:...
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How essential are the demonstrative pronoun declensions?

The Oxford Latin Course presents the numerous declensions of is, ille, hic, and ipse early in their introductory course (chapter 8 of 31). I am wondering if I should stop here and memorize all of ...
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What do I do when a pronoun refers to both a male and a female?

I'm trying to refer to a couple (man and woman), with a pronoun. Specifically what I'm trying to write is: Consider a couple that comes to Rome. They may have pride for Rome. What I have now is: ...
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Ambiguity in "Illīus hominis fīlium laudābant omnēs"?

Each question below assumes that any previous question has been answered with a yes. Is ille ever used alone as that is used in this sentence? That is a good idea. Is illīus ever used alone as of ...
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Why add "ei" to a sentence with "imperare" and "parere"?

In North & Hillard, Ex. 20, Q. 2, the student is invited to translate this sentence into Latin: Those who wish to command ought to learn to obey. I gave this translation: qui imperare volunt ...
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Reference with hic, is and ille

Consider this example: Ecce Marcus et Gaius. Hic canit, ille auscultat. Here are Marcus and Gaius. The latter sings, the former listens. When there are two or more things one could refer to, hic ...
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How is the demonstrative pronoun "is" weaker than the others?

Lately, I've been reading about demonstrative pronouns and adjectives. I'm fairly comfortable with hic and ille, but I'm not too sure about is. How is is weaker than the other demonstratives? When ...
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What do "hic" and "ille" refer to in this passage from Ovid's Tristia?

In Ovid's Tristia, 1.2.23–4: ...Nihil est, nisi pontus et aer, Nubibus hic tumidus, fluctibus ille minax... As far as I can tell, this means ...There is nothing, unless the sea and air ...
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Can the use of articles be traced back to Late/Vulgar Latin?

The Romance articles developed from Latin ille. Was ille already used in a way that resembles articles more than demonstratives in very late or Vulgar Latin? Or did it this use only emerge after Latin ...