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-ibus vs -ubus

Posted by Marcus Aurelius 47 years ago
In the Latin fourth declension, when is the dat./abl. pl. ending -ibus used and when is -ubus used?
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Posted by Willelmus Tyrensis 47 years ago
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In some instances the endings are used to differentiate between two words that otherwise would have the same dat. pl. and abl. pl. forms. For example: arx, arcis -> arcibus; arcus, arcus -> arcubus. In other instances, it's simply convention (e.g. tribubus).
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Posted by Cleopatra Philopator 47 years ago
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