Can a participle refer back to someone speaking in the first person?

MichaelJYoo

Member
The text is:

"Theologiam auspicaturus supplex oro venerorque Dominum Jesum, ut mihi vobisque dignetur adesse Sancti Spiritus sui gratia. Amen."

My question is: Does "auspicaturus" refer to the "I" that is the subject? This makes sense to me because it is in the singular masculine nominative. If so, how would it be translated? Also, supplex would also refer to the same thing as "auspicaturus?"

Thanks!
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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MichaelJYoo

Member
Yes.

Something like "as I am about to start (treating)..."

Yes, supplex also agrees in the nominative with the first person singular subject.
Thank you! I suppose you would agree that "auspicaturus" would, in this case, obviously refer to "I" because there is no other obvious referent?
 

scrabulista

Consul
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Horresco referens - Aeneid, II. 204.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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Thank you! I suppose you would agree that "auspicaturus" would, in this case, obviously refer to "I" because there is no other obvious referent?
Yes, auspicaturus, being in the nominative, can only refer to the subject, and the subject is "I", therefore auspicaturus refers to "I".
 
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