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Postby Feles in silva » Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:36 pm

This is one of the sentences in Ch.1 of Wheelock.

It is from festino, festinare.

My question is, what tense/mood is "festina", as it does not fit in with present, future or imprefect indicative active.

Or is it an irregular conjugation?
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Re: Festina Lente

Postby Deses » Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:41 pm

Feles in silva wrote:This is one of the sentences in Ch.1 of Wheelock.

It is from festino, festinare.

My question is, what tense/mood is "festina", as it does not fit in with present, future or imprefect indicative active.

Or is it an irregular conjugation?


It's Present Imperative Sing.
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Postby Turpissimus » Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:42 pm

It's the imperative. It's used for giving orders. Wheelock is being cheeky by giving it to you so early. I don't think you're supposed to know it.
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Postby Deses » Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:58 am

Turpissimus wrote:It's the imperative. It's used for giving orders. Wheelock is being cheeky by giving it to you so early. I don't think you're supposed to know it.


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