"Fabulae Ab Urba Condita" 3a

iamrian

Member
Could someone verify this translation is correct? Thank you very much.

LATIN
Forte Tiberis abundāverat, neque eī quī puerōs ferēbant adīre ad altam aquam poterant.

ENGLISH
By change the Tiber was overflowing, none of those who brought the boys could bring them to the deep water.
 

Bitmap

Civis Illustris
It's not correct. What do you need this for?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
- Forte means "by chance" not "by change" (though perhaps that was a typo...?) You can even, if you like, rephrase "by chance the Tiber..." to "the Tiber happened to..."

- Check the tense of abundaverat.

- There is no word meaning "none" in the Latin. Neque means "neither/nor" or "and... not".

- Ei is nominative.

- I would translate ferebant as "carried" here.

- Adire means "to go/come to", "to approach".
 

Bitmap

Civis Illustris
I suppose "by change" is a typo. Forte means "by chance".
abundaverat is pluperfect, so you need to translate the tense correctly.
neque = "and not" --> "and those, who were carrying the boys, could not approach/ make it to the deep water".
 

iamrian

Member
Thank you for the instructive feedback. This is such a useful forum! Here is my second attempt:

"By chance Tiber had overflowed, those who carried the boys could not make it to the deep water."

It feels like there should be a "therefore" or "so" connecting the clause with the main sentence. Am I missing something?
 

Bitmap

Civis Illustris
It feels like there should be a "therefore" or "so" connecting the clause with the main sentence. Am I missing something?
No. There is none. Only a neque meaning "and ... not" ... which seems ok to me.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
In other words, you just forgot the "and".
 
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