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, "Peter" <pkoden69@...> wrote:
> Finally, I was read about the dative of the gerund can be used with
> adjectives such as idoeneus. Can tha ad + gerund constuction be used
> with an noun or adjective.
> In John 6: 52 of the Vulgate the ad constuction is used with the noun
> "litigabant ergo Iudaei ad invicem dicentes quomodo potest hic nobis
> carnem suam dare ad manducandum"
> Can one say:
> "Aqua (or lympha) ex hoc flumine (or fluvio) non est idonea ad
> bibiendum." instead of "...idonea bibiendo" ?
I don't think it's grammatically incorrect, but in my experience the
dative of the gerund is more common in prose with adjectives and nouns
(and it's far more common in poetry than in prose). _Ad_ with
gerund (or gerundive construction) is typically a direct substitute for
a final clause.