Placement of Interrogative Clitic -ne


Civis Illustris
I'm polishing off a Latin version of "All I Want For Christmas," and there's one couplet that I'm not sure about.

Santa, won't you bring the only one I really need?
Won't you please bring my baby to me quickly?

Currently, I have..

Sancte Nicolae, illum quem cupiō vērē
Mīne tandem celerrimē ferēs?

My question is whether it's permissible to attach the interrogative clitic -ne to a word in the middle of a question rather than at the beginning.


Homo Sapiens
Staff member
I'd imagine it's fine in poetry.


Civis Illustris
I was surprised to see "Nicholae" as the vocative at first, but then I realized this form is correct because it's "Nīcholāë", from "Nīcholāus"...

(Well, the Greek has a kappa there, Νικόλαος, not a chi, but the <ch> spelling does add recognition and I'd say it's fine too.)