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Latin verb help- translating Latin to English!?

In class I've been translating Latin verbs into english eg vocobat, audis etc. I know that when translating the last letter (O,M,S,T,NT) mean who is doing the verb, but what do you do when there is bam, bas, bant etc at the end?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    To answer your question specifically, if it has a bam, bas, bat, bamus, bastis, bant at the end it means it is imperfect. The BA shows that it is an imperfect verb and the personal endings are just added on. It will be translated with a _____ing. Most verb tenses have slight variations of the endings. The endings you listed O,M,S,T,NT are those for the present tense. When you learn mood there is a different set of endings to learn too. If you are taking or learning Latin the Wheelock Books are great textbooks.

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    5 years ago

    It means it's past tense. Other Latin based languages still use these forms

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  • 1 decade ago

    Present

    vocō

    vocās

    vocat

    vocā́mus

    vocā́tis

    vocant

    Imperfect

    vocā́bam

    vocā́bās

    vocā́bat

    vocābā́mus

    vocābā́tis

    vocā́bant

    Perfect

    vocā́vī

    vocāvístī

    vocā́vit

    vocā́vimus

    vocāvístis

    vocāvḗrunt

    I Future

    vocā́bō

    vocā́bis

    vocā́bit

    vocā́bimus

    vocā́bitis

    vocā́bunt

    II Future

    vocā́verō

    vocā́veris

    vocā́verit

    vocāvérimus

    vocāvéritis

    vocā́verint

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