Latin/Latin

Advertisement


Question
What special term do we use for verbs like OFFERO,OFFERRE tht don't fit into a specific conjugation?.

Answer
Hello,

Verbs like OFFERO, OFFERRE that don't fit into a specific conjugation are called  Irregular Verbs for they have an irregular conjugation that you must learn by heart.

Such Irregular Verbs  are SUM,VOLO,FERO,EO,QUEO,FIO, and their compounds.

For example, OFFERO is a compound of FERO (OF-FERO)and then you must know the conjugation of FERO so that you can conjugate OFFERO.

So, the present indicative of FERO is “Fero, fers, fert, ferimus, fertis, ferunt” and then the present indicative of OFFERO is “Offero, offers, offert, offerimus, offertis, offerunt”.

As you can see, the conjugation of OFFERO follows FERO and its forms that you can read at Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges:
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0001%3Apar

To conclude, the Irregular Verbs must be learnt by heart, as they do not belong to the Four Regular Conjugations.

Hope this can be helpful to you. Feel free however to ask me again.

Best regards,
Maria

Latin

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Maria

Expertise

I am an expert in Latin Language and Literature and I'll be glad to answer any questions concerning this matter.

Experience

Over 25 years teaching experience.

Education/Credentials
I received my Ph.D. in Classics (summa cum laude) from Genova University (Italy).

This expert accepts donations:

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.