pmda wrote:So my question is - er - what on earth is he on about? Is he saying that if I don't have vincire, vinxisse, victum but do have vincio, vincire, vinxi, victum that I will not be able to form the supine.... I don't understand.
pmda wrote:When you know the three verbal stems, (1) the present stem, (2) the perfect stem and (3) the supine stem, you can derive all forms of the verb from them. Consequently, to be able to conjugate (i.e. inflect) a Latin verb it is sufficient to know three forms, or 'principal parts', in which these stems are contained. Most useful are the three infinitives...
adrianus wrote:It's not "scribiō" because it's not "scribīre". But, as you imply, there are some 3rd-conjugation verbs in "io" (such as "capio") with present infinitives in "-ere". I imagine he wants them considered as exceptional and they do behave strangely sometimes by dropping that "i".
furrykef wrote:How many -iō third-conjugation verbs are there?
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