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Gerunds

This chapter talks about syncopated verbal forms of intensive intermediate Latin. It outlines every major grammatical point usually taught in an intermediate college Latin course, as well as other grammatical topics which may be introduced in the first semester of reading prose or poetry. Syncope is the dropping of a vowel in a word. Polysyllabic words are particularly susceptible to syncope. In English syncope often occurs in speech. Syncope also occurred in Latin and is particularly well represented by certain specific verbal forms. In the perfect system -vi-, -ve-, and -ve- are optionally dropped when both of the two conditions, follow a- or -e-, and precede -s- or -r-, hold. The chapter presents some of the exercises which make students to modify aspects of Latin sentences in order to enable improved grammar acquisition.