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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 .

  1. nōminibus veterum glōriantur (Or. 169) , they glory in the names of the ancients. [Also, dīvitiīs (in virtūte, circā rem, aliquid, haecglōriārī.]
  2. spē nītī; (Att. 3.9), to rely on hope.
  3. 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.
  1. laetus praedā, rejoicing in the booty.
  2. contentus sorte, content with his lot. [Possibly Ablative of Cause.]
  3. 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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