vansv (vansv) wrote in linguaphiles,

latin grammar (singular plural)

Hi all,

Wonder if there is someone who can clear this confusion I have about information in this book i'm reading.

The book; Lingua Latina by (need I go on) Hans Oerberg.

My confusion:

In the beginning chapter of the book even, we see examples of singular and plural forms of words. For example, Oppidum (town)

"Brundisium oppidum est. Brundisium et Tusculum oppida sunt."

Here you can see that the word ending changes from -um to -a  from the singular to the plural respectively.

This is clear.

However, when I look in the index where the vocabulum is listed, I read;

oppidum -i n 1.33

Now, the 1.33 explains the first occurrence in the text,
the 'n' explains that it is of neuter gender,
and I thought the other part was to show the plural ending of the word.
However, if that is so, it is wrong.
But I assume they didn't get it wrong.

What does the -i   mean in this case? Anyone? 

thanks in advance, and kind regards,

Tags: latin, plural

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