Neuter Adjectives are used substantively in the following special
The neuter singular
may denote either a single
object or an abstract quality:—
honestum, an honorable
act, or virtue (as a quality).
there is need of haste. [Cf. impersonal passives
§ 208. d.]
The neuter plural
is used to signify objects in general
having the quality denoted,
and hence may stand for the abstract idea:—
laudant, all men praise bravery (brave
A neuter adjective may be used as an appositive or predicate noun with a
noun of different gender (cf. § 287. a
trīste lupus stabulīs ”
, the wolf [is] a grievous thing for
, woman is ever a changing and fickle
malum mihi vidētur esse mors ”
, death seems to me to be an evil.
A neuter adjective may be used as an attributive or a predicate adjective
with an infinitive or a substantive clause:—
istuc ipsum nōn esse ”
, that very “not to
errāre, to err is human.
aliud est errāre
Caesarem nōlle, aliud
(Lig. 16), it is
one thing to be unwilling that Cæsar should err,
another to be unwilling that he should pity.