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lūna 'nova' esse dīcitur

In LLPSI Familia Romana, there is the following sentence: Cum exigua pars lūnae tantum vidētur, lūna 'nova' esse dīcitur. I don't understand why the subject of the verb "esse" is not in ...
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Why is the verb indicative in an indirect question?

Sed, nescio quomodo, multas res video quae incertum me faciunt. Why is videō in the quōmodo-clause (which I think to be an indirect question) indicative instead of subjuctive?
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How to say indirect speech + "there is/are" in latin?

I only know to say the "there is/are" in latin we use "est/sunt" , but how about when it is part of indirect speech? E.g " He/she said that there is (something) " I'm ...
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Is this Gerundive-Based Quote from Seneca A Direct or Indirect Question?

Introduction In his answer to Q: What is the difference in meaning/usage between "nasciturus" and "nascendus"?, Mitomino provided some interesting examples of the use of the ...
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Indirect questions and the passive subjunctive

How would you translate: "He asked if the the city had been captured?" Quaerit num civitatem captum esse? Here I am using an accusative (captum) plus infinitive (esse). Am I right? Thank you!
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Use of "sit" instead of "est" in Virgil

I came across the quotation "Nunc scio quid sit amor" (Virgil, Ecl. VIII.43), and I’d like to know why the subjunctive "sit" is used instead of "est" here. Since it means "Now I know what love is" and ...
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Use of Infinitive

Moreland has this adapted paragraph from Cicero's De Senectute. I'm slightly confused about the use of infinitive over here. Moriens Cyrus maior haec dicit: "nolite arbitrari, o mihi carissimi ...
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Passive Subjunctive Translated as Active

Moreland has this line: Cognoscebamus quo tempore dux mortem illis patriam neglegentibus minatus esset This is an indirect question, hence the sequence of tenses: main verb takes Imperfect; ...
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Can an indirect question be the subject of its governing clause?

All examples of indirect questions I could find are objects of their governing clauses. A model example would be: Scio, ubi fueris. I know where you were. Here the indirect question quid feceris ...
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Indirect question vs. relative clause

In circumstances where the same meaning can be expressed by an indirect question depending on a verb of speech, or by a relative clause modifying an (implicit or explicit) object of that verb, which ...
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