chapter  14
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Result clauses II

Concessive clauses express an idea whose sense is surprising if not wholly opposite to that of the main clause. Often the conjunctions nevertheless or but modify the main verb. Concessive clauses are introduced by one of the following subordinating conjunctions, which are differentiated by whether they take the subjunctive, indicative, or both. Like their English equivalents, the conjunctions tamen nevertheless or sed but often occur in the main clause. Since licet is historically a verb, specifically an impersonal verb in the present tense, it maintains its verbal character in allowing only the primary subjunctives to follow it. 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 provided. These readings give the course a strong sense of narrative cohesion, providing opportunities to develop comprehension and translation skills.