1. Hermes Trismegistus Member

    Location:
    Brasilia
    Are there any difference of meaning in that sentence?

    Necesse est tibi dormire.
    Necesse est te dormire.
  2. Pacifica grammaticissima

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Belgium
    Perhaps the first one emphasizes more that it's something necessary for you, the necessity or obligation affects you more particularly, whereas the second one states more generally that you sleeping is something necessary, something that must happen.
    Mafalda likes this.
  3. aegor magister

    • Civis Illustris
    Literal translations:

    "It is necessary for you to sleep."
    "It is necessary that you sleep."

    As in English, the first distinguishes more between the person for whom the action is necessary and the action itself; the second takes the two more closely as a unit. The effect is as Pacifica describes.
    Mafalda likes this.

Share This Page

 

Our Latin forum is a community for discussion of all topics relating to Latin language, ancient and medieval world.

Latin Boards on this Forum:

English to Latin, Latin to English translation, general Latin language, Latin grammar, Latine loquere, ancient and medieval world links.