Hoc est putridus pullus

By itaque, in 'Latin Beginners', Feb 7, 2019.

  1. itaque New Member

    A professor (in a non-Latin course) recently remarked "hoc est putridus pullus." Shouldn't the pronoun hoc be matched to the declension of pullus?

    That is, isn't it better to say "hic est putridus pullus"? Or, perhaps more emphatically, "ille putridus pullus est"?
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  2. SpeedPocok5 Member

    "hoc est putridus pullus."

    it depends of the meaning of that "hoc"

    hic, haec, hoc has some meanings.

    hic, haec, hoc is generally used of "this" relating to something near the speaker, either physically or figuratively, such as "this love of mine" or "this room". It can aslo mean "he","she" or "it".

    or for saying "here" too
  3. Quasus Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Coimbra, Portugal
    > That is, isn't it better to say "hic est putridus pullus"?

    Yes, of course. Normally, the demonstrative pronoun agrees with the predicate in such cases.
  4. Etaoin Shrdlu Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Just out of curiosity, might I ask what course it was, and what occasioned the observation?
  5. Hemo Rusticus The Lizard King

    • Civis Illustris
    Didn't happen to be a Slav, did it? 'Cause at least in Russian the pronoun is stuck in the neuter, really no matter what (to mean, at least, what we mean here).

    Это прекрасная женщина. This is a lovely woman.
  6. itaque New Member

    Okay, suppose he was making a metaphor about war ("war is a rotten chicken"). Then, since "bellum" is a neuter, is it correct to say "hoc est putridus pullus"? However, if he's actually pointing to a rotten chicken, then he should say "hic est putridus pullus"; correct?

    In other words, does the "this" that one is referring to change its declension depending on the gender of the object?

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