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This is from Wheelock's ch 23, Practice and Review #11


We gave many things to nations lacking hope.


The answer keys says:

Gentibus spe carentibus multas res dedimus. (please visualize macrons;-)


Why is hope in the ablative case? Dd and I thought hope would be the object of the verbal, therefore spem. Should we think of it as "lacking in hope?" :confused:




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