Melior in nominative, after a verb?

By Gabby Hon, in 'Latin Grammar Questions', Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Gabby Hon New Member

    I think my brain has short-circuited, because I cannot figure out why, in the following sentence, the adjectives are in the nominative.

    "Fīs lēnior et melior, accēdente senectūte?"

    I thought the only way that such could happen is if they were the object of 'sum'. Is it because they're modifying the subject ('You') of the verb?
  2. Nikolaos schmikolaos

    • Censor
    Fieri, "to become", takes the nominative in the subject and predicate, just like esse. After all, it's technically a passive verb.
  3. Gabby Hon New Member

    Thank you! You have saved me from banging my head against a wall.
  4. Manus Correctrix QVAE CORRIGIT

    • Civis Illustris
    Such happens with copular verbs, because those verbs do not have objects. Sum is the main copula in Latin.

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