Ab litteram

By isoman, in 'Latin Grammar Questions', Apr 5, 2018.

  1. isoman New Member


    I would like to know if "ab litteram" and "Ad litteræ" are correct and what they mean.

    I know that "ad litteram" means "literally".

    If "ab litteram" and "ad litteræ" are not well-known or widely used phrases, is it grammatically correct? Would that mean something?

    Thank you for your help.
  2. Quasus Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Coimbra, Portugal
    Neither is correct. Ad requires the accusative and ab requires the ablative, so the only options are ad litteram and ab/ā litterā.
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  3. isoman New Member

    Thank you for your answer.

    So, if "ad litteram" means "literally", how would you translate "ab littera"?
  4. Quasus Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Coimbra, Portugal
    I don't know of any idiomatic use of ab littera, so without context I'd just perceive it as some vague (away) from (the) letter.
  5. isoman New Member

    I see. Thank you very much for your help!

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