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135. The Verb facere, to do,” or “to make,” is what is called an “I-Verb ” of the 3rd Conjn., i.e. a Verb of which the Tenses with the Root of the Pres. (except the Imp. Subj. which is never irregular) are formed as though the Verb were of the Fourth Conjugation. Thus faciebam “ I was doing,faciam “ I shall do,” &c. In the Pres. Ind., however, the i is short in facămus, facītis, not long, as in audīmus, audītis.

The I-Verbs most frequently used are făcere, răpere, căpere, jacěre, and their compounds, which end respectively in - fịcěre, -rypère, -cỉpěre, and --jicere.

136. Besides the Relative Pronoun “ Who' Which," there is in English an Interrogative Pronoun

Who What,” used in asking questions : e.g. 66 Who is that man ?” “What did he say?” The Latin for the Interrogative " Who" is Quis, and it differs from Qui only in its Nom. Sing., Masc. and Neut., which are Quis and Quid, and in its Acc. Sing. Neut., which is Quid.

137. Like Qui, Quis agrees in Numb. and Gend. with the Noun or Pronoun to which it refers ; but its Case depends upon its own clause. Thus(a) “Who are these girls ? What are they doing ?”

Quæ sunt hæ puellæ ? Quid faciunt? Here quæ is Nom. to the Verb sunt; but quid is Acc. governed by faciunt. The Nom. to faciunt is illæ understood—“ They are doing what?


(6) “Whose horse are you holding ? To whom shall you

give it?
Of whom are you holding the horse ? To whom shall you

give him ?
Cujus equum tenes ? Cui dabis illum ?

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138. Sentences are very often so constructed that one part depends upon another. E.g.,

(a) “Do you know what I am doing?” Here the clause “ What I am doing” is said to “depend” upon the clause “Do you know." Similarly

of What I am doing," might follow and depend upon many different clauses, such as the following:

i. “They will ask me ii. “I have been askediii. Portia does not knowiv. I expect that Caius will ask Balbus-."

“Do you think your brother knows ?vi. “ The Gauls say that Cæsar has heard

&c., &c., &c. In all these cases “What I am doing” is a “ Dependent clause," and in Latin the Verb in a Dependent clause,

“I am doing,” is written in the Subjunctive Mood“ quid faciam.This is a very important Rule. The same Tense is used as if the Verb were in the Indicative Mood ; thus the Present for “I am doing,” and the Imperfect (generally) for “I was doing,” &c., &c.

139. If the Verb in the Dependent clause, is in the Perfect Tense, as “—what I said," and this clause depends upon another whose Verb is of Present or Future meaning ; as

(a) “ They are asking me,”
(b) “ I have been asked ” (lately),
(c) “You will hear,

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then the Perfect Subjunctive Act, must be used. This Tense in Latin is exactly the same as the Fut. Perf. except that the 1st Sing. ends in --ěrim instead of --ěro. Thus, we shall have

(a) Rogant me quid dixerim.
(6) Rogatus sum, quid dixerim.
(c) Audies, quid dixerim.

140. The Perfect Subj. Pass. is formed by compounding with the Pres. Subj. of Esse. Thus (a) “Do you know by whom this was said ?” Novistine a


hoc dictum sit.
(6) “I have asked whose roses were bought?”

Rogavi cujus rosæ emptæ sint.

141. If the Dependent Verb is future, as in

(a) “I shall ask Balbus what he will do," the sentence must be declared thus :

I shall ask Balbus what he is about-to-do.

Rogabo Balbum quid sit facturus. Here sit is used for “he is,” because it is a Dependent Verb. Similarly where “ should ” or “would ” appears in a clause dependent on a Verb in a Past Tense, as in

(6) They asked me what I should say,” the sentence must be declared thus :

They asked me what I was about-to-say.
Rogaverunt me quid essem dicturus.



(a) “Do you know who these robbers are and what they did ?"

Novistine qui hi latrones sint et quid fecěrint,

(6) “ Balbus and I were asked who we were and what we should

do.” Ego et Balbus rogati sumus qui essemus et quid

(essemus) facturi. (c) I asked him what he had said he would do.”

Rogavi illum quid dixisset se esse facturum. (d) “ Caius is said to have been asked what he was writing.”

Caius dicitur rogatus esse quid scriberet. (e) “I believed that Portia did not know where I was walking."

I believed Portia to-know-not whither I was walking.

Credidi Portiam nescire quo ambularem. (f) “I have been asked who I am and by whom I was blamed.”

Rogatus sum quis sim et a quo culpatus sim. (g) You will be asked who Caius was and what he said to you.”

Rogaberis quis Caius fuerit et quid dixerit tibi. (h) “I knew what you would say to this judge.”

Noveram quid esses dicturus huic judici.


142. If we wish to translate such a sentence as “I have to build a wall,” or “ He had to hold a dragon," the Participle called the Gerundive may be used. This Participle is of the 1st and 2nd Declensions, and is formed by adding to the Root of the Pres.

In 1st Conjugation -andus, as laudandus.

--endus, as tenendus,

-endus, as dicendus. 4th

-iendus, as audiendus. 143. The Gerundive Participles of ire, redire, &c., are eundum, redeundum, &c., and are only used in the Neut. (impersonally).

144. The meaning of laudandus is “ fit to be praised," or, as we may call it, praise-able. The student will find it convenient to declare such sentences as “I have to build a wall” ; “He had to hold a dragon,” into A wall is buildable for me ; A dragon was holdable for him. Thus the Latin will be

(a) Murus est ædificandus mihi.

(6) Draco erat tenendus illi. Thus we shall have(c) " Caius said he had to write a letter.”

Caius declared a letter to be write-able for himself.

Caius dixit epistolam esse scribendam sibi. (d) “I asked your sisters what they had had to do.”

I asked your sisters what had been do-able for them.
Rogavi sorores tuas quid fuisset faciendum illis.


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