How to Say Yes in Latin

Three Methods:Repeating the VerbProviding an Affirmative AnswerProviding a Very Affirmative Answer

Latin is a dead language, but if you're a linguist, there's no reason not to learn it anyway. Though Latin doesn't have an exact translation of the English word "yes", there are many ways to answer affirmatively in Latin.

Method 1
Repeating the Verb

  1. 1
    Listen carefully to the question. Determine the main verb.
  2. 2
    Repeat the main verb. Some examples:
    • "Estne puella pulchra?" "Est." ("Is the girl beautiful?" "She is.")
    • "Villam emit?" "Emit." ("Does he buy a villa?" "He buys" [=He does])
  3. 3
    Don't use this method with long questions. If you're dealing with a long sentence and multiple parts, this method isn't the best one.

Method 2
Providing an Affirmative Answer

  1. 1
    Say Ita (vero). This means Thus indeed. You can drop vero, both forms are correct.
    • It's pronounced as ee-tah wei ro

Method 3
Providing a Very Affirmative Answer

  1. 1
    Say Sane quidem. This means Clearly indeed or No doubt.
    • It's pronounced as sah-nei kwee-dem
  2. 2
    Say Recte dicis. This means You say the right or You're right.
    • It's pronounced as rek-tei dee-kis
  3. 3
    Say Certe. This means Certainly.
    • It's pronounced as ker-tei

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