MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

485 views

How do you translate an ablative absolute?

So ablative absolutes can seem scary because they sit there apart from the rest of the sentence, but they're actually super easy! Translating them isn't difficult at all.

They can be translated in 3 different ways - either with a temporal sense (so giving an idea of the time), causal (explaining a reason why something is the way it is) or concessive (a clause showing a concession). 

Temporal ablative absolutes are translated with words like "when", "after" or "once".

Causal ones are translated by words like "because", or "since".

And concessive ones with "although" or "though".

You should choose whatever translation you think fits best, whether it's temporal/causal/concessive. Try them all out and see what sounds best! 

Mabel W. A Level Latin tutor, 13 plus  Latin tutor, GCSE Latin tutor,...

1 year ago

Answered by Mabel, a GCSE Latin tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

27 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Phoebe W.

Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered:Latin, Maths+ 1 more

Latin
Maths
Classical Greek

“Hello!! I am a 2nd year student reading Classics at Bristol University. I have always loved studying these languages and hope that I can inspire you to continue on this epic journey that mirrors Odysseus' - long and difficult at times...”

MyTutor guarantee

£18 /hr

George H.

Degree: BA History (Bachelors) - Oxford, Lincoln College University

Subjects offered:Latin, History+ 4 more

Latin
History
Economics
.HAT.
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“About me: Hello, my name is George and I'm an undergraduate reading History at Oxford. My aim is to be as approachable and patient as possible, explaining concepts with as much clarity as needed and encouraging you to have confidence ...”

£18 /hr

Dominique G.

Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered:Latin, Maths+ 5 more

Latin
Maths
English Literature
English Language
Classical Greek
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“Hi there! I'm Dommy, a third year undergraduate reading Classics at St. John's College, Cambridge and am currently on a year abroad at the University of Pavia, Italy. I am friendly and enthusiastic about learning and have previously t...”

About the author

Mabel W.

Currently unavailable: for regular students

Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Oxford, St Hugh's College University

Subjects offered:Latin, Maths+ 4 more

Latin
Maths
History
English
Classical Greek
-Personal Statements-

“Hello! My name is Mabel, and I'm a student at the University of Oxford and I study Classics. In my degree I specialise in studying  Latin, and also study Ancient Greek. I have a thorough grasp of both languages (Latin A Level A*, La...”

You may also like...

Other GCSE Latin questions

What is an ablative absolute?

How is the perfect passive participle formed and used in Latin?

How is time expressed in Latin?

What declension does the word 'dies' belong to and how does it decline in both plural and singular states?

View GCSE Latin tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok