In place of a passive form [facior], Latin makes use of fīō, fierī, factus sum.

  • Note that both the ī and the ō are long, which distinguishes fīō from similar – verbs, where the i is short
  • Note that A&G get very prescriptive about the proper forms of fīō, and whereas they distinguish between those forms which appear in “good” prose from those which appear in (“bad”?) prose, we will make no such distinction here.

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photo credit: Wiktionary

Note a few variations: the long vowel on ī is present in present in most places, but absent in fit, fierem, and fierī.

The Essential AG: 204

2 comments on “Fīō

  1. CharlieJ says:

    Thanks for that chart. It’s a nice reference tool. One nit-pick: you have fieri with a long first i at the top in your principal part list. I’m pretty sure it is a short i, as you mention at the bottom.

    • rsmease says:

      Wow, good eye. Really good eye. Even after you told me I had to squint just to see it, because the ‘f’ in this font blends into the macron.

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