title>Chapter 431 — Allen and Greenough's Latin Grammar

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431. Several verbs are followed by the Ablative.

These are acquiēscō, dēlector, laetor, gaudeō, glōrior, nītor, stō, maneō, fīdō, cōnfīdō, cōnsistō, contineor.

nōminibus veterum glōriantur (Or. 169), they glory in the names of the ancients. [Also, dē dīvitiīs (in virtūte, circā rem, aliquid, haec) glōriārī.]

spē nītī (Att. 3.9), to rely on hope.

prūdentiā fīdēns (Off. 1.81), trusting in prudence.

Note— The ablative with these verbs sometimes takes the preposition in (but fīdō in is late), and the ablative with them is probably locative. Thus,—in quibus causa nītitur (Cael. 25), on whom the case depends.


With several of these verbs the neuter Accusative of pronouns is often found. For fīdō and cōnfīdō with the Dative, see § 367.

a. The verbals frētus, contentus, and laetus take the Locative Ablative:—

frētus grātiā Brūtī (Att. 5.21.12), relying on the favor of Brutus.

laetus praedā, rejoicing in the booty.

contentus sorte, content with his lot. [Possibly Ablative of Cause.]

nōn fuit contentus glōriā(Dom. 101), he was not content with the glory.

Note— So intentus, rarely: as, aliquō negōtiō intentus (Sall. Cat. 2), intent on some occupation.

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