SAT II Latin : Using ablative of agent in Latin

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II Latin

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Using Ablative Of Agent In Latin

Choose the correct translation for the underlined section of the sentence. 

Ego visus sum a Bruto.

Possible Answers:

to Brutus

with Brutus

by Brutus

for Brutus

at Brutus

Correct answer:

by Brutus


The sentence translates to "I was seen by Brutus." This is called the ablative of personal agent, which uses the preposition "a" before the noun that is doing the action. 

This construction is seen in the words "a Bruto."

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