The source of this Latin ATM message, as confirmed is a few profiles (such as this one from the Catholic Herald and this one from The Telegraph) is the lately-deceased Reginald Foster, who was arguably one of the greatest Latin speakers of the past century.
The Vatican Diaries, pg. 196 quotes Foster's own translation:
The elevator whirred quietly to the top ...
It's pretty much arbitrary.
There are some standard patterns: first-declension nouns tend to be feminine, second-declension masculine/neuter, third-declension abstract concepts, fourth-declension collectives and states, fifth-declension feminine. But there's an exception to each and every one of these rules.
Historically speaking, the declensions derived ...
Virgil is imitating a Greek construction here, or rather two Greek constructions: the middle voice and the accusative of respect.
Greek had a "middle" voice, which in most tenses was formally identical with the passive, but did not have passive meaning; rather, it expressed actions in which the doer was also somehow affected by the action. It's hard to ...
A quick web search shows that the phrase 'Diabolus enim et alii Daemones' (without the contra) appears to originate from the Fourth Council of the Lateran (1215). The full sentence is Diabolus enim et alii daemones a Deo quidem natura creati sunt boni, sed ipsi per se facti sunt mali, which I would translate as something like, 'For the Devil and other demons ...
I suspect that your friend misremembered the phrase.
Concerning the actual phrase that Julius Caesar said, the biographers offer conflicting evidence. Suetonius tells us that Caesar died in silence, though he admits the tradition that Caesar said in Greek: "καὶ σὺ τέκνον;" Cassius Dio echoes Suetonius, claiming that the "truest account" ...
The Latin Duolingo course is not of particularly high quality.
Completing the course will certainly give you some insight to Latin, but every detail of the course must be taken with a grain of salt.
We have a separate question on the quality of the course.
The words mihi, tibi, ei are the dative forms of the pronouns ego, tu, is/ea/id.
Why the dative is used ...
Yes, the grammar of this sentence is perfectly fine. It's a very simple sentence composed of subject, object and verb.
Subject: Sola dea - The subject needs to be nominative here. Remember that even though two Latin words may be translated with the same English words (so dea and deam are both translated "goddess"), that does not mean that ...
Christus Apostolos misit ... illis Evangelii nuntiandi praebens mandatum
Praebens is a participle modifying Christus: "Christ sent the apostles ... giving...". All the other words you marked depend on praebens.
The dative illis is the recipient of praebens: "giving them".
The neuter past participle mandatum is used as a noun and is the object of praebens: ...
Both are conjugated in the present tense, passive voice, and indicative mood, from the same verb: muto. The difference is that mutamur is conjugated in the 1st person (plural) (“we change”), while mutantur is conjugated in the 3rd person (plural) (“times change”).
Owen is quoting a well-known Latin adage meaning, “Times change, and we change with them.”
Futurum est is a future active periphrastic form. It is built from futurum, the future active participle of sum (here in the neuter), which by itself means "going to be, about to be". With the addition of est, it means "It is going to be", or in the translation you quote, "It will come to pass".
Sola dea is the subject, and the subject must be nominative.
Fatum is in the accusative, and not the nominative, and must be, since sola dea is in the nominative. It's the direct object, and the accusative is the case for direct objects. I think you just had your terminology mixed up.
Finally, novit is perfect, not infinitive, of noscere, which is the ...
Your translation "he proved to them that completing these efforts was done very easily" is good.
To express such things in Latin the supine is a good choice.
The supine ablative (like factu) is an ablative of respect.
Hoc responsum facile est scriptu.
= This answer is easy with respect to writing.
= This answer is easy to write.
It should indeed be Brute, not Brutus, and the vocative form seems to be far more common if you make an internet search.
The person who told that the last words came with Brutus appears to be slightly misinformed, perhaps due to knowing that the name is Brutus but being unaware of the Latin vocative case.
The nominative Brutus would make sense if it was the ...
"Art for the Sake of Art"
This phrase, quite conveniently, uses the same word order in both English and Latin.
Ars, artis (artium) is a third-declension feminine noun. It can mean "art" in the sense of paintings and sculptures, but can also be more abstract, like the "art" of writing (i.e. the skill and experience required to be ...
In classical Latin, the ablative of comparatives could end on -i, although -e is probably more common. Here are a few quotations that I think must be conceded to contain ablatives:
Cornelius Nepos, Vitae Ca. 2.2.2:
… ibi cum diutius moraretur, P. Scipio Africanus consul iterum, cuius in priori consulatu quaestor fuerat, uoluit eum de prouincia depellere …...
Indeed, it means [he] eats; it is a contracted form. It's not very common, nor extremely rare. Lewis & Short even call it "very frequent", which I think is an exaggeration:
The contr. forms es, est, estis, etc., are very freq. in prose and poetry: "est", Vergil, Aeneid 4, 66; 5, 683; Horace, Satires 2, 2, 57
Your analysis is correct: this is fīlia "daughter" + -ne "?".
The trick is, -ne can attach to any word, not just verbs. In fact, it usually attaches to either the first word, or the most emphatic word, whatever that might be. Since nōn often comes at the beginning, nōn-ne became common enough that you'll often see it analyzed as a word of its own, rather ...
The word quod probably means 'therefore' (or 'in respect of which').
(My dictionary mentions this meaning but gives no examples.)
This would imply that Prometheus was dissatisfied with the situation described before the semicolon and therefore took action.
Another possibility is that quod is a relative pronoun referring to ignis.
That would make quod the ...
You have several excellent answers here. I just want to add a few words about C. M. Weimer's suggestion that scit might be better than novit.
Scire (scit) and noscere/novisse (novit), two Latin words for "know," have cognates in many Romance languages (perhaps all of them; certainly all those I'm familiar with): savoir/connaître in French, sapere/cognoscere ...
The sentence, absent any context (could you provide some?), would ordinarily be translated
The Goddess alone knows [their, or his, or her, etc.] fate.
Let's break it down word by word:
Sola: Nominative singular, first declension, feminine; agreeing with dea.
dea: Nominative singular; it's the subject (in this case, the actor) of the sentence.
A relatively common construction in Latin is to use the verb curare.
If "I do this" is hoc facio, then "I have someone do this" is "hoc faciendum curo".
To my knowledge this construction is impersonal in the sense that you cannot indicate who you make do the job.
There is a way to indicate who has to do something, and it is called the passive periphrastic ...
Perfacile factu means "easy to do." Factu is a supine, and this construction—supines coming off of certain adjectives—is pretty much where you will always see its ablative form. Other common examples are:
Mirabile dictu, "Amazing to say";
Difficilis latu, "Difficult to bear";
Optimum factu, "Best [thing] to do;
The present stem is persequ-: this can be found by removing -or from the end of the first person active singular persequor. It is a consonant stem, which gets an -e- in present participles: persequens. The same applies to the gerundive: persequendus.
The supine stem is persecut-: this can be found by removing -um from the end of the supine persecutum. The ...
Here is the stub of an answer. Many conjunctions can be used in two or more different ways. And I've only given an example for each category, not an exhaustive list. But this should be enough for you to be able to categorise other conjunctions.
Copulative/Additive: connects two clauses without indicating any specific kind of relation between them: et.
I don't think there are any really clear uses in Greek; the elliptical dual is an archaic Indo-European construction which is no longer productive in Greek, and the elliptical interpretation of Αἴαντε (and the parallel Μολίονε) is based on the usage of other IE languages, mainly Sanskrit.
In Sanskrit, however, the usage is pretty clear. Basically, the idea ...
Here the predicative adjective nescius is taken as governing genitive (occasus) rather than accusative (occasum). In fact, this is also found in Classical Latin: e.g., nescia mens hominum fati sortisque futurae (Verg. Aen. 10, 501). So notice that in your example occasus is to be analyzed as an objective genitive (in parallel with fati sortisque futurae, ...
Lewis & Short have hidden this in their entry for qui/quae/quod (and not, as I would have thought, in the dedicated entry for quo) – II,E,2,b:
Quo, abl. neutr., with compp. (with or without hoc, eo, or tanto): quo … eo, by how much, by so much, the … the: “quo difficilius, hoc praeclarius,” Cic. Off. 1, 19, 64.
So the construction is quo + comparative. ...
In Plautus (num)quid causae is found three times (Pseudolus 533, Rudens 758, Trinummus 1188), every time with est.
There may be earlier attestations, but Plautus is pretty old and thus the construction is not a late invention.
I would rather analyze the idiom as quid causae est, including the verb.
Leaving est out is a common feature and ...
Cicero does this more than once.
In addition to what you found in De oratore, we have
ea ratio atque doctrina
(also in De oratore)
ratio et doctrina praescripserit
(in De natura deorum)
indicating that Cicero does see ratio et doctrina as a single entity.
This appears to be a case of hendiadys, using what is grammatically two entities for what is ...