Explaining the principal elements of Latin grammar, this title uses simple language so knowledge of grammatical terminology is not necessary to use it. The guide features a series of units that serve up the grammar in manageable chunks. There are only ever one or two grammar points on a page with exercises on the facing page so that you can practise what you have learned immediately. The text starts with explanations of how Latin words are formed from simple forms of verbs, through nouns, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and pronouns to more complex forms of verbs, ending in an examination of the normal constructions found in Latin sentence structure. There are also units on Roman dates, money, weights and measures, names, history and the use of Latin today. You can work through the book from start to finish or dip in and out to study particular pieces of grammar. Latin grammar has a completely logical structure, so simply follow the examples and exercises carefully and you should have a good grasp of the grammar in no time.
Table of Contents
Verbs - terminology and the present tense of the 1st conjugation; verbs - the present infinitive of the four conjugations and "to be"; verbs - the present tense of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th conjugations and "to be"; verbs - the imperfect tense; verbs - the future tense; verbs - principal parts and the perfect tense; verbs - the pluperfect tense; verbs - the future perfect tense; nouns - terminology, gender and the use of cases; nouns - the 1st declension and word order; nouns - the 2nd declension and the vocative; nouns - the 3rd declension; nouns - the 4th declension; nouns - the 5th declension; nouns - expressions of time and place and the locative; prepositions with the accusative and ablative; adjectives - agreement and the 1st and 2nd declension; adjectives 3rd declension; comparative and superlative adjectives; adverbs and comparison of adverbs; irregular comparison of adjectives and adverbs; conjunctions, clauses and the negative (non); pronouns - personal; pronouns - demonstrative; pronouns - reflexive; pronouns - emphatic; pronouns - possessive; pronouns - relative; pronouns - indefinite; pronouns interrogative; numbers; adjectives which are like pronouns; direct questions; verbs - active participles (present and future); verbs - the passive voice (pres., imperf. and future); verbs - the passive voice (perf., pluperf. and future); verbs - passive participles; verbs - deponent verbs; verbs - semi-deponent verbs; verbs - the infinitive mood; verbs - the imperative mood and direct commands; verbs - the present subjunctive; verbs - the imperfect subjunctive; verbs - the perfect subjunctive; verbs - the pluperfect subjunctive; verbs - expressing wishes and encouragement with the subjunctive; verbs - irregular verbs and defective verbs; verbs - impersonal verbs and defective verbs; subordinate clauses; temporal clauses and the ablative absolute; conditional (if) clauses; final (purpose) clauses; consecutive (result) clauses; indirect statements (the accusative and infinitive); indirect questions; indirect commands; clauses of fearing and danger; hoping, promising, threatening and swearing; the predicative dative; gerunds and gerundive.
Gregory Klyve has been Head of Classics at Sevenoaks School, Kent and The Leys.