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Michael,

You menitioned adversis is ad-WHERE-sees.

I thought it was ad-VERSE-sees.  Can it also be said this way?

Thanks again for the help

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As I indicated, I am giving you the standard Classical pronunciation, as used in schools, which attempts to approximate the high period of Latin literature, roughly the period of Cicero, Caesar, and Vergil (50 B.C. to A.D. 50).  At this time, "v" was a consonant (really a semivowel), pronounced like the "w" in the English word "want."  It was only later, after more than a millennium, that "v" came to be pronounced as a full consonant in Mediaeval Latin (like the "v" in "victory").

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Ph.D. Cand. in Classical Languages. Conversant with all forms of the language: classical, mediaeval, and modern.

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I have 50 years of teaching at all levels of Latin from high school through university postgraduate. I read, write, and speak Latin daily.

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A.B., M.A., Ph.D. Cand. in Classics.

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