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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Indefinite Pronouns

314. Nēmō, no one, is used of persons only—

  1. As a substantive:—

      nēminem accūsat, he accuses no one.

  2. As an adjective pronoun instead of nūllus :—

      vir nēmō bonus (Legg. 2.41), no good man.

    Note— Even when used as a substantive, nēmō may take a noun in apposition: as,— nēmō scrīptor, nobody [who is] a writer.

a. Nūllus, no, is commonly an adjective; but in the genitive and ablative singular it is regularly used instead of the corresponding cases of nēmō, and in the plural it may be either an adjective or a substantive:—

nūllum mittitur tēlum (B. C. 2.13), not a missile is thrown.

nūllō hoste prohibente (B. G. 3.6), without opposition from the enemy.

nūllīus īnsector calamitātem (Phil. 2.98), I persecute the misfortune of no one.

nūllō adiuvante (id. 10.4), with the help of no one (no one helping).

nūllī erant praedōnēs (Flacc. 28), there were no pirates.

nūllī eximentur (Pison. 94), none shall be taken away.

For nōn nēmō, nōn nūllus (nōn nūllī), see § 326. a.

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