chapter  7
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Purpose clauses

Result clauses in Latin have the same basic blueprint as their English counterparts. The perfect subjunctive is often used in place of the imperfect subjunctive in secondary sequence to emphasize the completion and/or present result of a past action. Note that this technically breaks the sequence of tenses since the perfect subjunctive is used with past tense verbs in this construction. The difference in English is subtle and can be rendered, if at all, only by adding adverbs such as actually or really. Since result clauses share certain characteristics with purpose clauses in Latin, it is useful to lay out their similarities and differences. The perfect subjunctive is often used in place of the imperfect subjunctive in secondary sequence to emphasize the completion and/or present result of a past action. This chapter also presents matching exercises with unedited Latin excerpts and rough English translations. A short reading relating to the adventures of Hercules is also presented.