First time poster here. I'm working my way through Wheelock's, and it's going fairly well, but I'm having the darnedest time remembering which conjugations the -ere verbs fall into.
I was wondering, is it safe to say that all verbs retaining an "e" in their first principal part (e.g. moneo, valeo, doceo, etc.) will always be second conjugation? And those that do not have an "e" in the first principal part, but have an -ere in the second principal part (e.g. disco/discere, duco/ducere, etc.) will always be third conjugation?
I've tried memorizing them by the difference in pronunciation between the two conjugations, but that's not doing it for me.
Also - I just started with the fourth conjugation and third -io verbs. Venio/Venire/Veni seems particularly troubling to me. If I'm not mistaken, can't "venit" be both third person present tense and also third person perfect tense? Or am I conjugating it incorrectly?
Thanks in advance for any responses.