Latin/Adverbs Lesson 1

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This lesson will focus on adverbs.

Old and new vocabulary

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We’ve already encountered many adverbs:

Latin English Audio (Classical) Notes
bene well
crās tomorrow
cūr why  
herī yesterday
hodiē today, on this day
male badly
māne morning, in the morning
-ne question mark / turns a statement into a question enclitic/particle
nōn not
nōnne introduces a question expecting a “yes” answer lit. “is it not so?”
num introduces a question expecting a “no” answer
prīdiē the day before (used with acc.)
quandō when, at what time  
quō where to, where, whither
quōmodo how, in what way
ubi / ubī where
vespere / vesperi (adv. or abl. s.) in the evening, at evening time

As in many languages, there is a certain amount of fluidity between adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions; and in Latin, some cases of nouns are essentially adverbial. Parsing this out completely for you is above my pay grade... just be aware that dictionaries and texts may occasionally vary on classifying these words, and some can be used in multiple ways. To make it more confusing, it is fairly common in Latin syntax for adjectives to be used where we would use adverbs in English, e.g. Tutus domum venit. = He comes home safely (literally- He comes home, safe).

Formation of adverbs is usually but not always related to the adjective form if there is one. 1st/2nd declension adjectives, like malus, a, um (bad) tend to have an adverbial form ending in –e: male = badly. 3rd declension adjectives like fortis, e (strong, brave) tend to have an adverbial form ending in –(i)ter: fortiter = strongly, bravely. But of course there are many, many adverbs that do not follow these “rules.”

Latin English Audio (Classical) Notes
New Adverbs
celeriter quickly, swiftly, fast
diū for a long time
fortiter strongly, bravely
hic here
ibi / ibī there also eo, illic, illuc
jam / iam already, now
longē far, by far
numquam never
nunc now
saepe often, frequently, usually
semper always

New Sentences

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Latin English Notes
Ubī Gāius habitat? Gāius ibī habitat. Where does Gaius live? Gaius lives there.
Ibī diēbus Veneris edimus. We eat there on Fridays.
Paula et Lūcia illic eunt. Paula and Lucia go (over) there.
Numquam illic eō. I never go there.
Nunc aut numquam. Now or never.
Hic et nunc. Here and now.
Nunc aestas (ad)est. Now it is summer.
Venisne hīc saepe? Do you come here often?
Pater saepe rīdet. Dad often laughs.
Nōn saepe fleō. I don’t usually cry/ I seldom cry.
Gāius semper ēsurit. Gaius is always hungry.
Cūr semper id agis? Why do you always do that?
Ubī es? Hīc adsum. Where are you? I am here/ right here.
Puerī puellaeque jam adveniunt. The boys and girls are already arriving.
Mārcus diū dormit. Marcus sleeps for a long time.
Mārcus longē currit. Marcus runs far/ for a long way.
Mārcus celeriter currit. Marcus runs fast/ swiftly.
Mīlitēs fortiter pugnant. The soldiers fight bravely.
Paula bene, sed Gāius male scrībit. Paula writes well, but Gaius writes badly.
Tempus celeriter fugit. Time passes quickly/ Time swiftly flies.
Jam nōvī. I already know.
Puerī jam in scholā sunt. The boys are in school now/already.
Vīnum nōn jam habēmus. We no longer have wine/ We’re out of wine.
Lūcia puella nōn jam est, sed fēmina. Lucia is no longer a girl, but a woman.


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Here’s a fun song on Youtube that has some of these adverbs, plus animals and even onomatopoeias: Horatius villam habet I hope you enjoy it! I should be back next week with more adverbs.