rem acu tango

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rem the accusative of res (thing, matter, issue) + acū (with a needle), the ablative of acus (a needle) + tangō (I touch). Literally meaning "I touch the issue with a needle, "I touch the matter with a needle" or "I touch it with a needle".

Verb[edit]

rem acū tangō

  1. (idiomatic) I hit the nail on the head

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used in the active perfect second person singular form rem acū tetigistī ("you have touched the matter with a needle"; you have hit the nail on the head), the word rem is sometimes omitted as in acū tetigistī ("you have touched with a needle"- you have hit the nail on the head). It is also used in the third person; rem acū tetigit ("he touched it with a needle"- he has hit the nail on the head).[1]

Inflection[edit]

   Conjugation of rem acu tango (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present rem acū tangō rem acū tangis rem acū tangit rem acū tangimus rem acū tangitis rem acū tangunt
imperfect rem acū tangēbam rem acū tangēbās rem acū tangēbat rem acū tangēbāmus rem acū tangēbātis rem acū tangēbant
future rem acū tangam rem acū tangēs rem acū tanget rem acū tangēmus rem acū tangētis rem acū tangent
perfect rem acū tetigī rem acū tetigistī rem acū tetigit rem acū tetigimus rem acū tetigistis rem acū tetigērunt, rem acū tetigēre
pluperfect rem acū tetigeram rem acū tetigerās rem acū tetigerat rem acū tetigerāmus rem acū tetigerātis rem acū tetigerant
future perfect rem acū tetigerō rem acū tetigeris rem acū tetigerit rem acū tetigerimus rem acū tetigeritis rem acū tetigerint
passive present rem acū tangor rem acū tangeris, rem acū tangere rem acū tangitur rem acū tangimur rem acū tangiminī rem acū tanguntur
imperfect rem acū tangēbar rem acū tangēbāris, rem acū tangēbāre rem acū tangēbātur rem acū tangēbāmur rem acū tangēbāminī rem acū tangēbantur
future rem acū tangar rem acū tangēris, rem acū tangēre rem acū tangētur rem acū tangēmur rem acū tangēminī rem acū tangentur
perfect rem acū tāctus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect rem acū tāctus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect rem acū tāctus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present rem acū tangam rem acū tangās rem acū tangat rem acū tangāmus rem acū tangātis rem acū tangant
imperfect rem acū tangerem rem acū tangerēs rem acū tangeret rem acū tangerēmus rem acū tangerētis rem acū tangerent
perfect rem acū tetigerim rem acū tetigerīs rem acū tetigerit rem acū tetigerīmus rem acū tetigerītis rem acū tetigerint
pluperfect rem acū tetigissem rem acū tetigissēs rem acū tetigisset rem acū tetigissēmus rem acū tetigissētis rem acū tetigissent
passive present rem acū tangar rem acū tangāris, rem acū tangāre rem acū tangātur rem acū tangāmur rem acū tangāminī rem acū tangantur
imperfect rem acū tangerer rem acū tangerēris, rem acū tangerēre rem acū tangerētur rem acū tangerēmur rem acū tangerēminī rem acū tangerentur
perfect rem acū tāctus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect rem acū tāctus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present rem acū tange rem acū tangite
future rem acū tangitō rem acū tangitō rem acū tangitōte rem acū tanguntō
passive present rem acū tangere rem acū tangiminī
future rem acū tangitor rem acū tangitor rem acū tanguntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives rem acū tangere rem acū tetigisse rem acū tāctūrus esse rem acū tangī rem acū tāctus esse rem acū tāctum īrī
participles rem acū tangēns rem acū tāctūrus rem acū tāctus rem acū tangendus

References[edit]

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