Metamorphoses VI 255-6

Cinefactus

Censor
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Ictus erat quā crūs esse incipit et quā
mollia nervōsus facit internōdia poples.

Haven't been doing much reading recently. I can't really figure out what the esse is doing. It seems that the sentence would be complete without it.
 

LCF

a.k.a. Lucifer
became alive/came into being
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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No, no. This is about the place in the body where the leg starts. Literally "starts to be", but Cinefactus is right that it would also make sense without esse.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
There's arguably always a difference when different words are used. In this case the difference is very slight. To draw a parallel with more idiomatic English I guess the difference is roughly comparable to that between "he seems to be a great teacher" and "he seems a great teacher".
 
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