Verbs of Permitting / Clauses of Purpose

Verbs of permitting will take either a Substantive Clause of Purpose (ut/nē + subjunctive) or an Infinitive.

  • He permitted them to make toys: permīsit ut facerent lūdibria.
  • He did not allow tents to be pitched: tentōria statuī nōn passus est.
  • She will allow you to pass: concēdet perīre.
  • They do not allow the importation of wine: vinum importārī nōn sinunt.

After writing this post, I realized that I’ve already discussed permission constructions, external to my ongoing analysis of A&G on Clauses of Purpose. Take a look at my older post for comparison.

The Essential AG: 563c

4 comments on “Verbs of Permitting / Clauses of Purpose

  1. CharlieJ says:

    Thanks for the new and the old post.

    Is example 3 mixing the infinitive and the subjunctive? Should it be “concēdēbit ut pereas/pereatis”?

  2. tomsky says:

    I thought concēcdo,-ere was a 3rd conjugation verb, not 2nd. So the 3ps future indicative should be concēdet, not concēdēbit?

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