Quis, quid

john abshire

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Quis, quae, quid
My book has this “triplet” listed in the back as an interrogative pronoun.
Is this correct?
My earlier notes have quis, quid (quis, quis, quid)
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
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These are the interrogative pronouns when they are used like adjectives.
Quid is never used as an adjective (well, I think there are some rare instances in archaic Latin, but that's all).
Quis, quae, quid
My book has this “triplet” listed in the back as an interrogative pronoun.
Is this correct?
My earlier notes have quis, quid (quis, quis, quid)
To put things simply: quis can be either masculine or feminine, but quae was sometimes used as a specifically female form. So both quis est illa mulier and quae est illa mulier are correct sentences for "who is that woman?". Some sources will list quae as a form of quis, others won't.
 

john abshire

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Quid is never used as an adjective (well, I think there are some rare instances in archaic Latin, but that's all).

To put things simply: quis can be either masculine or feminine, but quae was sometimes used as a specifically female form. So both quis est illa mulier and quae est illa mulier are correct sentences for "who is that woman?". Some sources will list quae as a form of quis, others won't.
that makes sense; both are correct,
Thanks
 
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