[*] 335. In Double or Alternative Questions, utrum or -ne, whether, stands in the first member; an, anne, or, annōn, necne, or not, in the second; and usually an in the third, if there be one:—
- “ utrum nescīs, an prō nihilō id putās ” (Fam. 10.26) , is it that you don't know, or do you think nothing of it?
- “vōsne L. Domitium an vōs Domitius dēseruit ” (B. C. 2.32) , did you desert Lucius Domitius, or did Domitius desert you?
- “quaerō servōsne an līberōs ” (Rosc. Am. 74) , I ask whether slaves or free.
- “ utrum hostem an vōs an fortūnam utrīusque populī īgnōrātis ” (Liv. 21.10) , is it the enemy, or yourselves, or the fortune of the two peoples, that you do not know?
- “Gabīniō dīcam anne Pompêiō an utrīque ” (Manil. 57) , shall I say to Gabinius, or to Pompey, or to both?
- “sunt haec tua verba necne ” (Tusc. 3.41) , are these your words or not?
- “quaesīvī ā Catilīnā in conventū apud M. Laecam fuisset necne ” (Cat. 2.13) , I asked Catiline whether he had been at the meeting at Marcus Laeca's or not.
- “ an tū miserōs putās illōs ” (Tusc. 1.13) , what! do you think those men wretched?
- “ an iste umquam dē sē bonam spem habuisset, nisi dē vōbīs malam opīniōnem animō imbibisset ” (Verr. 1.1.42) , would he ever have had good hopes about himself unless he had conceived an evil opinion of you?
- “ utrum est in clārissimīs cīvibus is, quem ... ” (Flacc. 45) , is he among the noblest citizens, whom, etc.?
- utrum ... an ... an
- utrum ... annōn ( necne , see § 335. N.)
- ---- ... an ( anne ）
- -ne ... an
- ---- ... -ne, necne
- -ne ... necne
- -ne ... -ne
[*] Note.--From double (alternative) questions must be distinguished those which are in themselves single, but of which some detail is alternative. These have the common disjunctive particles aut or vel (-ve). Thus, “—quaerō num iniūstē aut improbē fēcerit” (Off. 3.54) , I ask whether he acted unjustly or even dishonestly. Here there is no double question. The only inquiry is whether the man did either of the two things supposed, not which of the two he did.