(San Francisco, CA)
Dear Latin Teacher,
I am confused by the word locus, -i. Is it masculine or is it neuter? I have seen plural forms of this noun with an -a and with an -i?
Thank you, Steve
(m) and locum
(n) both mean a seat, a position, or a place.
The distintion in meaning is apparent in the plural
are single places while loca
are places connected, i.e. a region.
For example, loci communes
are public places or parks. While ea loca incolere
means to inhabit that region.
To be honest, unless a particular occurrence of the word is singular nominative or plural nominative or accusative, it is often nearly impossible to tell them apart.
An adjective may help determine the gender, too.
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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