chapter  11
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Indirect questions

The role of the reflexive pronoun is to refer back to the subject of the clause. The reflexive pronominal forms are: suus, -a, -um. An indirect reflexive is a reflexive pronoun/adjective which is in a subordinate clause but does not refer to the closest subject, namely, the subject of the subordinate clause. Rather, it refers to the subject of the main clause. Indirect reflexives do not exist in English. The same reflexive pronouns and adjective are used as indirect reflexives. Indirect reflexives are limited to those subordinate clauses which express a thought or intention of the subject of the main verb. Ambiguity can certainly arise, though, since the reflexive can still refer to the subject of the subordinate clause! This chapter also presents matching exercises with unedited Latin excerpts and rough English translations. A short reading relating to o the adventures of Hercules is also provided.