Liber V Cap LVI Vbī intellēxit ultrō ad sē venīrī

cinefactus

Censor
Staff member
Here is the whole sentence:

Vbi intellēxit ultrō ad sē venīrī, alterā ex parte Sēnōnēs Carnūtēsque cōnscientiā facinoris īnstīgārī, alterā Nerviōs Aduātucōsque bellum Rōmānīs parāre, neque sibi voluntāriōrum cōpiās dēfore, sī ex fīnibus suīs prōgredī coepisset, armātum concilium indīcit.

Why is it venīrī rather than venīre?
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima
Staff member
It's an impersonal passive. Venire would require some definite subject (stated unless it could be implied from a previous sentence); veniri just means that the action of coming was being done by people in general or just any "one" (though I don't know the context, it looks likely to be many people in this case). It's more, well, impersonal and general, as no specific subject is mentioned.

If you need more explanation on the impersonal passive, see section 5 of this post.
 
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