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The Partitive Genitive is as greatly affected by Plautus as by Cicero. He even prefers hoc negoti to hoc negotium in Trin. 578 (cf. Mil. 956) “dic hoc negoti quomodo actumst”; cf. Quid rerum is a common phrase, e.g. and ubi terrarum, nusquam gentium, etc., are as frequent in Plautus' time as they are later (cf. interea loci ‘meanwhile,’ postid locorum ‘afterwards’; minime gentium Merc. 419, Poen. 690). Of other Adverbs with the Genitive may be noticed Along with parum (i.e. parvum, Neuter Singular) we find its equivalent, parva res (cf. I. 5), Amph. 633satin parva res est voluptatum in vita?” Cf. Cist. 777gaudeo tibi mea opera liberorum esse amplius”. Plautus apparently uses both copiae est and copia est, operae est and (in Merc. 286) opera est, e.g.

This use of the Genitive is pushed to an extreme in phrases like

Noteworthy too is Ter. Eun. 408A. immo sic homost, perpaucorum hominum. B. immo nullorum arbitror, si tecum vivit.

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