furrykef wrote:And while we're at it, I'll note that I certainly did not write my declension or conjugation tables 200 times or anything remotely approaching that. Probably not even 25...)
Vexx wrote: Another question, how much more grammar is there if one knows the 5 declensions, and the 6 verb tenses. Is there much left? I'm afraid after i master these 11 ending 'sets' (as there are quite a few in each) that i will discover so many more sets of endings to memorise.. Does anyone have a list?
Once you have thoroughly memorized the noun and verb forms, then you have conquered a large part of it. There are many grammar rules but most are explained in a beginners' book such as Wheelock's or Latin for Beginners, by Benjamin D'Ooge. The remaining rules are rare and it is best to learn them while reading. Vocabulary is the most difficult, I think. For, once memorized, forms and grammar rules are easily recalled ever after. Vocabulary is the Sisyphus boulder. One needs to know about 500-800 words well in order to understand the grammar rules' examples properly, and a huge vocabulary to read real Latin comfortably (10,000-15,000). And vocabulary tends to evaporate more quickly than the forms and syntax rules. Read early and often.Vexx wrote:Another question, how much more grammar is there if one knows the 5 declensions, and the 6 verb tenses. Is there much left? I'm afraid after i master these 11 ending 'sets' (as there are quite a few in each) that i will discover so many more sets of endings to memorise.. Does anyone have a list?
TonyLoco23 wrote:The only exceptions to these rules that I can think of is neuter nouns in their plural forms. But I would hold off on learning to decline the neuters until you have memorised all the declensions for masculine and feminine. Then you can come back to the neuters, as far as I can remember the only difference with the neuters is that the plural nominative and accusative always end in "a", but other than that they follow the same declension rules.
TonyLoco23 wrote:The locative never comes up
furrykef wrote:Don't forget that neuters always use the nominative for the accusative, even in the singular. The accusative of "corpus, corporis" is "corpus".
furrykef wrote:Not true. It comes up with the names of towns and small islands, as well as a few common nouns such as "domus" and "humus".