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    simply explain

    Beginners are often tempted to translate this sentence "He calls me to work"; simply explain that the phrase "to work" in this instance would require a preposition (ad), and that the Latin sentence here exhibits the common SOV word order.

    What is the subject of simply explain?
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    Re: simply explain

    "Explain" (with its adverb "simply") in this case is an imperative: it is expressing a command/request and does not therefore have a grammatical subject.

    If the beginning paragraph of your post is an extract from some text (as I assume and hope it is), then it would be better for the avoidance of ambiguity if you could mark it as such, either by saying so or enclosing it in speech marks or the like.

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    Last edited by Calis; 11-Aug-2014 at 00:12. Reason: Forgive me, I'm only human...

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    Re: simply explain

    Hi, Calis.

    In the first line you wrote with ... adverb simply. Is it its or it's, please?

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    Re: simply explain

    You're right, OD. It should be "its". Well spotted.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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