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[Feb. 17th, 2007|06:45 pm]
Wheelock's Latin


Greetings! I took Latin in highschool (with Wheelock's, of course) for two years, but now I've nearly forgotten everything.

Someone recently posted a little addendum about "thank you." I am going out of my mind trying to figure out what ago is, what form, what word, and why it is necessary for "gratias (tibi/vobis) [ago]." Can someone enlighten me?

[User Picture]From: phantastes
2007-02-19 01:21 am (UTC)
"Ago" is just the first person singular nominative (active indicatve etc.) of "agere," a verb with a somewhat confusing spread of meanings including "to drive, lead, do, act", or, with regards to the passing of time, "pass or spend"- the English word "act" is derived from it, I believe. As for why it goes with "gratias," I'm not really sure; it's an idiom, and idioms rarely make sense. Why do english-speakers "give" thanks?
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[User Picture]From: earthsprite
2007-02-19 11:35 am (UTC)
Ah, so it was that verb. Thank you!
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-04-13 04:57 pm (UTC)

im taking 2nd year now

I've got your answer. "Ago tibi/vobis gratias" is an idiomatic phrase meaning I give(ago) thanks(gratias= DO/ acc.)to you (tibi/vobis= dat/ INDO.). Ago is a really annoying word because it has a lot of meanings but usually they're only idiomatic. Hope that helps.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-05-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
i am in 8th grade and have been taking latin since 3rd grade and just recently finnished wheekocks latin. ago means to drive, lead, do, or act. either tibi or vobis is acceptable, it just depends whether the audience that you are speaking to is singiar or plural if singular it would read gratias tibi ago. if plural it would read gratias vobis ago.
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