Benct Philip Jonsson wrote: > On 2009-06-01 David Peterson wrote: >> It seems doubtful that Latin would have used demonstratives >> indefinitely as English does on occasion ("So I'm talking to this guy, >> and he's like..."). >> > > IIRC Classical Latin would've used _quidam_ 'a > certain'. I'm certain this word never made it > into Vulgar Latin, but I can't find definite (!) > info on what was used instead. Probably UNUS, > ALIQUIS, ALIQU'UNUS. Your memory is 100% correct :) Altho Latin did not have definite/indefinite built into its grammar, it could, of course, show these concepts when needed. -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".