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Need Help Declining Latin?

My teacher said this phrase, territus canis needs to be declined and when I'm done I should have 20 different forms. I don't understand because I usually only have 10. What do I do?? Please help!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    The Latin noun "canis" is classified as having a "common gender", meaning that it can be either masculine or feminine, so you can create not just 20 but 24 different forms of the phrase "territus canis" (frightened dog):

    1. Canis as a male dog

    Nominative singular: territus canis (frightened dog as subject)

    Vocative singular: territe canis (o frightened dog!)

    Accusative singular: territum canem (frightened dog as direct object)

    Genitive singular: territi canis (of the frightened dog)

    Dative singular: territo cani (to the frightened dog as indirect object)

    Ablative singular: territo cane (by, with, from the frightened dog)

    Nominative plural: territi canes (frightened dogs as subject)

    Vocative plural: territi canes (o frightened dogs!)

    Accusative plural: territos canes (frightened dogs as direct object)

    Genitive plural: territorum canum (of the frightened dogs)

    Dative plural: territis canibus (to the frightened dogs as indirect object)

    Ablative plural: territis canibus (by, with, from the frightened dogs)

    2. Canis as a female dog

    Nominative singular: territa canis (frightened dog as subject)

    Vocative singular: territa canis (o frightened dog!)

    Accusative singular: territam canem (frightened dog as direct object)

    Genitive singular: territae canis (of the frightened dog)

    Dative singular: territae cani (to the frightened dog as indirect object)

    Ablative singular: territa cane (by, with, from the frightened dog)

    Nominative plural: territae canes (frightened dogs as subject)

    Vocative plural: territae canes (o frightened dogs!)

    Accusative plural: territas canes (frightened dogs as direct object)

    Genitive plural: territarum canum (of the frightened dogs)

    Dative plural: territis canibus (to the frightened dogs as indirect object)

    Ablative plural: territis canibus (by, with, from the frightened dogs)

    Done with a knowledge of Latin, not with an online translator

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