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Hello, I just started to learn Latin and I already have some questions. My friend who studies Latin language helped me translate one sentence and he did it like this:
Robur et spes pennas mei alearum sunt. I am uncertain about this "alearum". Why is there an "e" when the singular noun is ala, and the ending of genitive plural is arum?
Thank you in advance!

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You are correct to think that there is something wrong with the grammar of this sentence.  The correct formulation would be:

Robur et spes pennae mearum alarum sunt.

Pennae:  nominative plural, the predicate nominative with "sunt"
Mearum:  genitive plural, agreeing with "alarum"
Alarum:  genitive plural, dependent on "pennae".
        N.B. "Ala" is a wing; "alea" is a die.

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