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Beginners' Latin
Bishop, pictogram. c.1282-92. Cat ref: E 36/274 f 29. Crown copyright

Lesson 9: Using the word list for verbs; verbs - past tense

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Using the word list

We have set out the word list for this tutorial in the same way as most Latin dictionaries. When you use the word list, you will be gaining the experience and confidence to use a dictionary. Concentrate on learning words marked with an asterisk* first.

VerbsGlossary - opens in a new window are given in parts (called the principal parts Glossary - opens in a new window). Our example is tenere to hold:

teneo, tenere, tenui, tentum (2) to hold

The parts are always arranged in this order: sometimes part four is not given.

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Remember Remember
That parts one, two and three tell you: the ‘I’ form of the present tense, the infinitive and the ‘I’ form of the past tense respectively.

Knowing this, you will be able to look a verb up in a dictionary and conjugate it. Why not try looking up verbs in the word list for practice?

Checklist Checklist:
Are you confident with:
Which parts of a verb are given in a dictionary?