- Almost all Latin
verbs form according to 5 patterns or paradigms. These paradigms
are very regular. i.e., when you learn the pattern or paradigm (or
endings) for one verb in a conjugation, you can apply it to all
verbs in that conjugation. [Latin also has a handful of
irregular verbs - but not very many, so don't worry.] In this
chapter, you will learn the 1st and 2nd conjugations.
- The conjugations
have distinctive features, reflected in their principal parts;
e.g., the 1st conjugation is characterized by the repetition of
the vowel "ä".
- Note the
long marks over some of the vowels above. These are called
macrons and tell you how to pronounce the vowel (hold it
twice as long as you would a short vowel).
MUST MEMORIZE THE MACRONS as part of your vocabulary.
Getting a macron wrong on a quiz is the same as misspelling the
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