Homework Today I participate in athletics

Hello, this is Brian. I made three sentences with three different verb tenses (present, imperfect, and future) describing something I did today, yesterday, and what I will do tomorrow. I have a question about my first sentence. I believe athletica is the direct object of the sentence, so it would have to be in the accusative. However, a preposition is present so this is a conflict. Is my presumption of athletica being a direct object correct? Also, as a thought could "hodie ego participo athleticam" suffice as a translation so a Latin preposition would not be included? I believe this would have the same meaning.

Thanks for the help,

Brian

Hodie ego participo in athletica./Hodie ego participo athleticam.
Today I participate in athletics.

Heri ego vocabam amicam.
Yesterday I called a friend.

Cras ego discam Latinam.
Tomorrow I will study Latin.
 

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However, a preposition is present so this is a conflict. Is my presumption of athletica being a direct object correct?
It can only be one of the two:
- either it is a direct object, then it is in the accusative case and has no preposition
- or it is a prepositional phrase, in which case the case of the noun is determined by the preposition -- it would not be the direct object in that case, though.

participare is constructed with a direct object, so your second option would be correct: hodie athleticam participo.
I suppose classical Latin would have a more elegant way of expressing this, but for the purpose of this exercise, you can go with that.

The rest is right. Note that you can leave out the ego.
 
I see that I can leave ego out since I’m using verbs in the first person singular. Thank you for the clarifications, Bitmap.

Sincerely,

Brian
 
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