Latin/Verbs Present 2 Lesson 1

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It has been some time since the first series of Present Tense Verbs lessons. They introduce common verbs in their classified categories, known as conjugations. Here are links to those basic lessons:

  1. First Conjugation
  2. Second Conjugation
  3. Third Conjugation
  4. Fourth Conjugation

We strongly recommend reviewing these verbs we have already introduced, because it will make it easier to recognize the common patterns you will see in other verbs.

In this second series of lessons on present tense verbs, we will introduce high-frequency Latin verbs; some of them fit into one of the four conjugations but may have special rules for use, but many are irregular verbs with unique conjugations. You are already quite familiar with the most common irregular verb: the being verb, sum.

We’ve learned sciō = know; but when you talk about knowing people, a different verb is used, and the endings will look different because it’s in perfect tense, which uses the 3rd principal part, but still equivalent to the English present tense. Some of the irregular verbs this lesson are frequently used with infinitives, which we won’t study until later, so those sentences will be very short and basic -- but we did throw in a few sentences with infinitives if you want to see what they would be like.

New Vocabulary[edit]

Latin English Audio (Classical) Notes
sīgnifer, signiferī standard-bearer
sīgnum, ī sign, standard
nōscō, nōscere, nōvī, nōtus (3) become acquainted with, know, learn, recognize, know used in perfect tense
cognōscō, cognōscere, cognōvī, cognitus (3) used in perfect tense
nesciō, nescīre, nescīvī, nescītus (4) do not know, am ignorant negative form of sciō
ferō, ferre, tulī, lātus bear, bring, carry irregular verb
also adferō / afferō, adferre, attulī, allātus bring to, deliver, carry irregular verb
possum, posse, potuī (irreg.) am able, can
normally used with infinitive

New Sentences[edit]

Latin English Notes
Lūcia et Gāius diem dicunt. Lucia and Gaius set a date. (literally, say a day.)
Diem et hōram dicō. I name/set up a day and an hour.
Nōmen tuum nesciō. I don’t know your name.  
Mārcus nescit. Marcus does not know.
Scīsne? Do you know?
Cūr nescīs? Why don’t you know?
Viam nescīmus. We don’t know the road/way.
Respōnsum nesciunt. They do not know the answer.
Lūcia puerum nōvit. Lucia knows the boy.
Is eam nōvit. He knows her.
Lūciam nōvī. I know Lucia.
Mārcum nōn (cog)nōvī. I do not know Marcus.
Nōvistīne Gāium? Do you know Gaius?
Eōs (cog)nōvimus. We know them.
Omnēs fīlium meum nōvērunt. Everyone knows my son.
Lūcia et Paula magistram cognōvērunt. Lucia and Paula know the teacher.
“Potesne?” “Ita, possum.” “Can you?” “Yes, I can.”
Gāius nōn potest. Gaius is not able.
Possumus, sed vōs nōn potestis. We can, but you can’t.
Līberī nōn possunt. The children are not able.
We realize these may not be very satisfying sentences. As an example of how infinitive is used in Latin, below are a few more complete ones, but we’ll study infinitives later on more fully
Līberī lūdere possunt. The children can play.
Pater coquere potest. Dad can cook.
Cēnam coquere possum. I can cook dinner.
Clāvās invenīre nōn possumus. We can’t find the keys.
Potesne/ potestisne venīre? Can you come?
Puellae ambulāre et currere possunt. The girls can walk and run.
Cibum ad mēnsam ferō. I bring the food to the table.
Librum mihi fers. You bring me a book.
Paula cibum fert; Mārcus vīnum fert. Paula brings the food; Marcus brings the wine.
Mīles signum (aquilam) fert. The soldier carries the standard. Sometimes called the eagle, this was the battle emblem of a legion. It was considered a great honor and responsibility to carry it.
Sīgnifer est. He is the standard-bearer. Many related words in Latin-derived English: Lucifer, crucifer, Christopher, aquifer, vociferous, fertile, as well as the verbs offer, confer, defer, proffer, infer, prefer, refer. And that’s just ones that use the first principal part!
Dōna adferimus. We are bearing/bringing gifts.  
Quid adfertis? What are you bringing?
Nōn multam pecūniam secum ferunt. They are not carrying a lot of money with them.

Practice[edit]

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