Review of First Conjugation (Even the Nasty Bits)

You need this. This is your intellectual chi. Failing that, it’s your intellectual tea. Take it daily, slowly–let it steep. Verb summaries don’t have to be boring, but they are important. Try rendering everything in full English translation. ‘I love him, You love cats, She loves the boy who left her.’ Make love triangles. Have fun.

Take five minutes. You won’t regret it.

(PS–I’ll bet there’s at least one mistake on here. find it)

First Conjugation ACTIVE (complete)

Primary Sequence

Present

amō, amās, amat, amāmus, amātis, amant

amem, amēs, amet, amēmus, amētis, ament

Imperfect

amābam, amābās, amābat, amābāmus, amābātis, amābant

amārem, amārēs, amāret, amārēmus, amarētis, amārent

Future

amābō, amābis, amābit, amābimus, amābitis, amābunt

[no subjunctive future primary]

Secondary Sequence

Perfect

amāvī, amāvistī, amāvit, amāvimus, amāvistis, amāvērunt

amāverim, amāveris, amāverit, amāverimus, amāveritis, amāverint

Pluperfect

amāveram, amāverās, amāverat, amāverāmus, amāverātis, amāverant

amāvissem, amāvissēs, amāvisset, amāvissēmus, amāvissētis, amāvissent

Future Perfect

amāverō, amāveris, amāverit, amāverimus, amāveritis, amāverint

[no subjunctive future secondary]

Et Cetera

Present Imperative

amā, amāte

Future Imperative

amātō (2nd or 3rd person singular), amātōte (2nd person plural), amantō (3rd person plural)

Infinitive (present, perfect, future)

amāre

amāvisse

amātūrus esse

Participles (present, future) 

amāns, amantis

amātūrus, -a, -um

Gerund

amandī, amandō, amandum, amandō

Supine

amātum, amātū

The Essential AG: 184 (p89-90)

Famous Phrase: “odī et amō quārē id faciam fortasse requiris / nesciō sed fierī sentiō et excrucior” – Catullus, 85

[I love and hate, perhaps you ask why I do it / I do not know, but I feel it done, and am tortured]

(I imagine this is how we all feel about verb summaries, no?)

9 comments on “Review of First Conjugation (Even the Nasty Bits)

  1. Cory Taylor says:

    In the present subjunctive, the 1st plural should be amēmus, rather than amēmos, right?

  2. Ben says:

    You mean “I’ll beT there’s at least one mistake on here”? 😉
    1st person plural present subjunctive (did you ever study Spanish?).

  3. KLC says:

    Catullus 85 starts odi. I think your Spanish caught you out again with that odio.

  4. Rowena Fenstermacher says:

    Check the famous phrase, first word, odi et amo. I feel this way about proofreading.

  5. Corrado Russo says:

    I believe Catullus 85 starts “Odi et amo” not “Odio et amo” 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  6. awilliams says:

    i gather you’re saving the passive voice for another post?
    also, in your translation of catullus 85, “as why” should read “ask why” and “might” is a redundant with “perhaps” (that is, both indicate potential; in English, including both usually acts to weaken the potentiality, which is not the case in Latin)

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