Latin Grammar nōnne and num (nōnne: Grammar 3C, p. 173; num: Grammar 4A, pp. 198-99)
nōnne and num • Languages typically have ways to indicate that a yes or a no answer is expected when a question is asked. • These questions in English expect a yes answer: Don’t you like pizza? You like pizza, don’t you? tag question
nōnne and num • This question in English expects a no answer: You don’t like pizza, do you? tag question
nōnne and num • In Latin, nōnneis put at the beginning of a sentence that expects a yes answer nōnnemēamās? Don’t you love me? Surely you love me? You love me, don’t you?
nōnne and num • In Latin, numis put at the beginning of a sentence that expects a no answer nummēamās? Surely you don’t love me? You don’t love me, do you?
tag questions… • Yes—No—Yes You love me, don’t you? Yes, I do. Yes Yes No
tag questions… • Yes—No—Yes You will come, won’t you? Yes, I will. Yes Yes No
tag questions… • No—Yes—No You don’t love me, do you? No, I don’t. No No Yes
tag questions… • No—Yes—No You won’t go to the party, will you? No, I won’t. No No Yes
nōnne nōnneBacchidemuīdistī? You saw Bacchis, didn’t you? (Yes, I did) Yes Yes No
num numBacchidemuīdistī? You didn’t see Bacchis, did you? (No, I didn’t) No No Yes