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En réponse à Oskar Gudlaugsson <[log in to unmask]>:

>
> I'd really like to know why the "ex before consonant > e" rule works so
> sporadically... in my study of Classical Latin, I'm instructed to use
> "e"
> before consonants, and I notice it used that way at all times. However,
> I've also noticed lots of texts, perhaps particularly mediaeval ones,
> using "ex" at all times, such as above. My friend asked me about exactly
> this thing today. All I could say is that later texts seem not to
> observe
> the rule, and that it's always "ex" in word-composition. Any
> explanation?
>

Well, this is a strange thing: I've studied Classical Latin for about 6 years,
and I never saw such a rule. All texts I've studied (all Classical Latin texts,
the preferred author in France being Cicero) have _ex_ in all cases. I don't
know if they have been rewritten, but this rule I really never saw. That's
strange: could the Classical Latin taught in different countries be different?

Christophe.

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