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See quī, nam.



  1. who, which, what (interrogative)

Usage notes[edit]

  • quīnam is used adjectivally, and also substantivally:[1]
    • Plautus, Bacchides, actus II. In: Plautus with an English translation by Paul Nixon, vol. I of five volumes, 1916, p. 352f.:
      sed foris concrepuit nostra: quinam exit foras?
      But there goes our door! Wonder who's coming out.
    • Titus Livius, ab urbe condita libri, liber X. In: Livy with an English translation by B. O. Foster vol. IV of thirtheen volumes containing books VIII–X, 1926, p. 480f.:
      Quinam sit ille, quem non pigeat longinquitatis bellorum scribendo legendoque, quae gerentes non fatigaverunt ?
      Who, pray, could grudge the time for writing or reading of these wars, when they could not exhaust the men who fought them ?
    • Ammianus Marcellinus, rerum gestarum libri, liber XV. In: Ammianus Marcellinus with an English translation by John C. Rolfe, vol. I of three volumes, 1935, p. 174f.:
      Tunc anus quaedam orba luminibus, cum percontando quinam esset ingressus, Iulianum Caesarem conperisset. exclamavit hunc deorum templa reparaturum.
      Then an old woman, who had lost her sight, on inquiring who had entered and learning that it was the Caesar Julian, cried out that he would repair the temples of the Gods.

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  1. ^ Friedrich Neue, Formenlehre der Lateinischen Sprache, 2nd part, 2nd edition, Berlin, 1875, p. 241.: "Quisnam steht substantivisch Horat. Serm. 2, 3, 158. 2, 7, 83, [more references]; aber auch quisnam exitus futurus esset Cic. Cluent. 23, 63, [more cites]. Dagegen quinam homo Plaut. Aul. 4, 9, 17, [more cites]; und substantivisch quinam exit foras Plaut. Bacch. 2, 2, 56, [more cites]."