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Adverbs are variously compounded with all the different parts of speech; thus, postridie, magnopěre, maximopere, summopere, tantopere, ultimodis, omnimodis, quomodo, quare; of postero die; magno opere, &c. licet, scilicet, videlicet, of ire, scire, videre, licet; illico, of in loco; quorsum, of quo versum? comminus, hand to hand, of cum or con and manus; eminus, at a distance, of e and manus; quorsum, of quo versum; denuo, anew, of de novo; quin, why not, but, of qui ne; cur, of cui rei; pedetentim, step by step, as it were, pedem tendendo; perendie for perempto die; nimirum, of ne, i. e. non, and mirum; antea, postea, præterea, &c. of ante, and ea, &c. Ubivis, quovis, undelicet, quousque, sicut, sicuti, velut, veluti, desuper, insuper, quamobrem, &c. of ubi, and vis, &c. nudiustertius, of nunc dies tertius; identidem, of idem et idem; impræsentiārum, i. e. in tempore rerum præsentium, &c.

OBS. 1. The adverb is not an essential part of speech. It only serves to express shortly, in one word, what must otherwise have required two or more; as, sapienter, wisely, for cum sapientia; hic, for in hoc loco; semper, for in omni tempore; semel, for und vice; his, for duabus vicibus; Mehercule, for Hercules, me juret, &c.

OBS. 2. Some advcrbs of time, place, and order, are frequently used the one for the other; as, ubi, where or when; inde, from that place, from that time, after that, next; hactenus, hitherto, thus far, with respect to place, time, or order, &c.

OBS. 3. Some adverbs of time are either past, present, or future; as, jam, already, now, by and by; olim, long ago, some time, hereafter. Some adverbs of place are equally various; thus, esse peregré, to be abroad; ire peregrẻ, to go abroad; redire peregrè, to return from abroad.

OBS. 4. Interrogative adverbs of time and place doubled, or compounded with cunque, answer to the English adjection, so ever; as, ubiubi, or ubicunque, wheresoever; quoquò, quòcunque, whithersoever, &c. The same holds also in interrogative words; as, quotquot, or quotcunque, how many soever; quantusquantus, or quantuscunque, how great soever; utut, or utcunque, however or howsoever, &c.


A Preposition is an indeclinable word, which shows the relation of one thing to another.

There are twenty-eight prepositions, which govern the accusative; that is, have an accusative after them.

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Between, among.

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For, hard by.

By, through.

Besides, except.
In the power of.


By, along.
According to.

The Prepositions which govern the ablative are fifteen; namely,

From or by.



Without the knowledge

Before, in the presence


On the farther side.

Of, concerning.

Of, out of.





These four govern sometimes the accusative, and sometimes the ablative.
In, In, into. Sub, Under. Super, Above. Subter, Beneath.

OBS. 1. Prepositions, are so called, because they are generally placed before the word with which they are joined. Some however, are put after; as, cum, when joined with me, te, śe, and sometimes with quo, qui, and quibus; thus, mecum, tecum, &c. Tenus is always placed after; as, mento tenus, up to the chin. So likewise are versus and usque.

OBS. 2. Prepositions are often compounded with other parts of speech, particularly with verbs; as, subire, to undergo.

Prepositions are also sometimes compounded together; as, Ex adversus eum locum, Cic. Ex adversum Athenas, C. Nep. In ante diem quartum Kalendarum Decembris distulit, i. e. usque in eum diem, Cic. Supplicatio indicta est ex ante diem quintum idus Octob. i. e. ab eo die, Liv. Ex ante pridie Idus Septembris, Plin. But prepositions compounded together commonly become adverbs or conjunctions; as, propălam, protinus, insuper, &c.

OBS. 3. Prepositions in composition usually retain their primitive signification; as, adeo, to go to; præpono, to place before. But from this there are several exceptions; 1. IN joined with adjec



With the knowledge of.

Up to, as far as.

tives generally denotes privation; as, infidus, unfaithful: but when joined with verbs, increases their signification; as, indūro, to harden greatly. In some words in has two contrary senses; as, invocatus, called upon, or not called upon. So infrēnātus, immutātus, insuetus, impensus, inhumatus, intentatus, &c. 2. PER commonly increases the signification; as, Percarus, perceler, percomis, percuriosus, perdifficilis, perelegans, pergrātus, pergrăvis, perhospitālis, perillustris, perlætus, &c. very dear, very swift, &c. 3. PRE sometimes increases; as, Præclārus, prædives, prædulcis, prædūrus, præpinguis, prævalidus; prævăleo, præpolleo: and also EX; as, Exclāmo, exaggero, exaugeo, excalefacio, extenuo, exhilaro; but EX sometimes denotes privation; as, Exsanguis, bloodless, pale; excors, exanimis, mo, &c. 4. SUB often diminishes; as, Subalbidus, subabsurdus, subamārus, subdulcis, subgrandis, subgrăvis, subniger, &c. a little white or whitish, &c. DE often signifies downward; as, Decido, decurro, degrăvo, despicio, delabor: sometimes increases; as, deamor, demiror and sometimes expresses privation; as, Demens, decolor, deformis, &c.

OBS. 4. There are five or six syllables, namely, am, di or dis, re, se, con, which are commonly called Inseparable Prepositions, because they are only to be found in compound words: however, they generally add something to the signification of the words with which they are compounded; thus,

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An Interjection is an indeclinable word thrown in between the parts of a sentence, to express some passion or emotion of the mind.

Some Interjections are natural sounds, and common to all languages; as, Oh! Ah!

Interjections express in one word a whole sentence, and thus fitly represent the quickness of the passions.

The different passions have commonly different words to express them; thus,

1. JOY; as, evax hey, brave, lo!


2. GRIEF; as, ah, hei, heu, ehu! ah, alas, wo is me!

3. WONDER; as, papa! O strange! vah! hah!

4. PRAISE; as, euge! well done!

5. AVERSION; as, apăge! away, begone, avaunt, off, fy, tush!

6. EXCLAIMING; as, Oh, proh, O!

7. SURPRISE or FEAR; as, atat! ha, aha!

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to surround.
to pull asunder.
to draw asunder.
to read again.
to lay aside.
to grow together.

Some interjections denote several different passions; thus, Vah is used to express joy, and sorrow, and wonder, &c.

Adjectives of the neuter gender are sometimes used for interjections; as, Malum! with a mischief? Infandum! O shame! fy, fy! Misĕrum! O wretched! Nefas! O the villany!


A conjunction is an indeclinable word, which serves to join sentences together. Conjunctions, according to their different meaning, are divided into the following classes:

1. COPULATIVE; as, et, ac, atque, que, and; étiam, quòque, item, also; cum, tum, both, and. Also their contraries, nec, něque, neu, neve, neither, nor.

2. DISJUNCTIVE; as, aut, ve, vel, seu, sive, either, or.

3. CONCESSIVE; as, etsi, etiamsi, tametsi, licet, quanquam, quamvis, though, although, albeit.

4. ADVERSATIVE; as, sed, verùm, autem, at, ast, atqui, but; tamen, attămen, verumtamen, verumenimvero, yet, notwithstanding, nevertheless.

5. CAUSAL; as, nam, namque, enim, for; quia, quippe, quantum, because; quòd, that


6. ILLATIVE or RATIONAL; as, ergo, ideo, igitur, idcirco, itaque, therefore; quapropter. quocirca, wherefore; proinde, therefore; cum, quum, seeing, since; quondoquidem, forasmuch as.

7. FINAL or PERFECTIVE; as, ut, uti, that, to the end that.

8. CONDITIONAL; as, si, sin, if; dum, modo, dummodo, provided, upon condition that; siquidem, if indeed.

9. EXCEPTIVE or RESTRICTIVE; as, ni, nisi, unless, except.

10. DIMINUTIVE; as, saltem, certe, at least.

11. SUSPENSIVE or DUBITATIVE; as, an, anne, num, whether; ne, annon, whether, not; necne, or not.

12. EXPLETIVE; as, autem, vero, now, truly; quidem, equidem, indeed.

13. ORDINATIVE; as, deinde, thereafter; denique, finally insuper, moreover; cætĕrum, moreover, but, however.

14. DECLARATIVE; as, videlicet, scilicet, nempe, nimirum, &c. to wit, namely.

OBS. 1. The same words, as they are taken in different views, are both adverbs and conjunctions. Thus, an, anne, &c. are either interrogative adverbs; as, An scribit? Does he write? or, suspensive conjunctions; as, Nescio an scribat, I know not if he writes.

OBS. 2 Some conjunctious, according to their natural order, stand first in a sentence; as, Ac, atque, nec, neque, aut, vel, sive, at, sed, verum, nam, quandoquidem, quocirca, quare, sin, siquidem, præterquam, &c. Some stand in the second place; as, Autem, vero, quoque, quidem, enim : and some may indifferently be put either first or second; as, Etiam, equidem, licet, quamvis, quanquam, tamen, attamen, namque, quod, quia, quoniam, quippe, utpote, ut, uti, ergo, ideo, igitur, idcirco, itaque, proinde, propterea, si, ni, nisi, &c. Hence arose the division of them into Prepositive, Subjunctive, and Common. To the subjunctive may be added these three, que, ve, ne, which are always joined to some other word, and are called Enclitics, because when put after long syllables, they make the accent incline to the foregoing syllable; as in the following verse,

Indoctusque pila, discive, trochive, quiescit. Horat.

But when these enclitic conjunctions come after a short vowel, they do not affect its pronunciation; thus, Arbuteos fœtus montanăque fraga legebant. Ovid.


A SENTENCE is any thought of the mind expressed by two or more words put together; as, Ego lego, I read. Puer legit Virgilium, the boy reads Virgil.

That part of grammar which teaches to put words rightly together in sentences, is called Syntax or Construction.

Words in sentences have a twofold relation to one another: namely, that of Concord or Agreement; and that of Government or Influence.

Concord, is when one word agrees with another in some accidents; as, in gender, number, person, or case.

Government, is when one word requires another to be put in a certain case, or mode.


1. In every sentence there must be a verb and a nominative expressed or understood.

2. Every adjective must have a substantive expressed or understood.

3. All the cases of nouns, except the nominative and vocative, must be governed by some other word.

4. The genitive is governed by a substantive noun expressed or understood.

5. The dative is governed by adjectives and verbs.

6. The accusative is governed by an active verb, or by a preposition; or is placed before the infinitive.

7. The vocative stands by itself, or has an interjection joined with it.

8. The ablative is governed by a preposition expressed or understood.

9. The infinitive is governed by some verb or adjective.

All sentences are either SIMPLE or COMPOUND.


A simple sentence is that which has but one nominative, and one finite verb; that is, a verb in the indicative, subjunctive, or imperative mode.

In a simple sentence, there is only one Subject and one Attribute.
The SUBJECT is the word which marks the person or thing spoken of.
The ATTRIBUTE expresses what we affirm concerning the subject; as,

The boy reads his lesson: Here" the boy," is the Subject of discourse, or the person spoken of; "reads his lesson," is the Attribute, or what we affirm concerning the subject. The diligent boy reads his lesson carefully at home. Here we have still the same subject, "the boy," marked by the character of "diligent" added to it; and the same attribute, "reads his lesson," with the circumstances of manner and place subjoined, "carefully," "at home."


A compound sentence is that which has more than one nominative, or one finite


A compound sentence is made up of two or more simple sentences or phrases, and is commonly called a Period.

The parts of which a compound sentence consists, are called Members or Clauses.

In every compound sentence there are either several subjects, and one attribute, or several attributes, and one subject, or both several subjects and several attributes; that is, there are either several nominatives applied to the same verb, or several verbs applied to the same nominative, or both.

Every verb marks a judgment or attribute, and every attribute must have a subject. There must, therefore, be in every sentence or period as many prepositions, as there are verbs of a finite mode.

Sentences are compounded by means of relatives and conjunctions; as, Happy is the man who loveth religion, and practiseth virtue.


The following words agree together in a sentence: 1. An adjective with a substantive. 2. A verb with a nominative. 3. A relative with an antecedent. 4. A substantive with a substantive.

1. Agreement of an Adjective with a Substantive.

RULE I. The adjective agrees with its substantive, in number, case, and gender; as,

Bonus vir, a good man;

Fæmina casta, a chaste woman;
Dulce pomum, a sweet apple.

Boni viri, good men.

Fæminae casta, chaste women.
Dulcia poma, sweet apples.

And so through all the cases and degrees of comparison.

This rule applies also to pronouns and participles; as, Meus liber, my book; ager colendus, a field to be tilled; Plur. Mei libri, agri colendi, &c.

OBS. 1. The substantive frequently understood, or its place supplied by an infinitive; and then the adjective is put in the neuter gender; as, triste, sc. negotium, a sad thing, Virg. Tuum scire, the same with tua scientia, thy knowledge, Pers. We sometimes, however, find the substantive understood in the feminine; as, Non posteriores feram, sup. parles, Ter.

OBS. 2. An adjective often supplies the place of a substantive; as, Certus amicus, a sure friend; Bona ferina, good venison; Summum bonum, the chief good: Homo being understood to amicus, caro to ferina, and negotium to bonum. A substantive is sometimes used as an adjective; as, incola turba vocant, the inhabitants, Ovid Fast. 3. 582.

OBS. 3. These adjectives, primus, medius, ultimus, extremus, infimus, imus, summus, supremus, reliquus, cætera, usually signify the first part, the middle part, &c. of any thing: as, Media nox, the middle part of the night; Summa arbor, the highest part of a tree.

OBS. 4. Whether the adjective or substantive ought to be placed first in Latin, no certain rule can be given. Only if the substantive be a monosyllable, and the adjective a polysyllable, the substantive is elegantly put first; as, vir clarissimus, res præstantissima, &c.

2. Agreement of a Verb with a Nominative.

II. The verb agrees with its nominative case, in number and person; as,

Ego lego, I read;

Tu scribis, Thou writest or you write;
Præceptor docet, the master teaches;

Nos legimus, We read.

Vos scribitis, Ye or you write.
Præceptores docent, Masters teach.

And so through all the modes, tenses, and numbers.

OBS. 1. Ego and nos are of the first person; tu and vos of the second person; ille, and all other words, of the third. The nominative of the first and second person is seldom expressed, unless for the sake of emphasis or distinction; as, tu es patronus, tu pater, Ter. Tu legis, ego


OBS. 2. An infinitive, or some part of a sentence, often supplies the place of a nominative; as, Mentiri est turpe, to lie is base; Diu non perlitatum tenuit dictatorem, the sacrifice not being attended with favourable omens, detained the dictator for a long time, Liv. vii. 8. Sometimes the neuter pronoun id or illud is added, to express the meaning more strongly; as, Facere quæ libet, id est esse regem, Sallust.

OBS. 3. The infinitive mode often supplies the place of the third person of the imperfect of the indicative; as, Milites fugere, the soldiers fled, for fugiebant or fugere cœperunt. Invidere omnes mihi, for invidebant.

OBS. 4. A collective noun may be joined with a verb either of the singular or of the plural number; as, Multitudo stat, or stant, the multitude stands, or stand.

A collective noun when joined with a verb singular, expresses many considered as one whole; but when joined with a verb plural, signifies many separately, or as individuals. Hence, if an

adjective or participle be subjoined to the verb when of the singular number, they will agree both in gender and number with the collective noun; but if the verb be plural, the adjective or participle will be plural also, and of the same gender with the individuals of which the collective noun is composed; as, Pars erant cæsi: Pars obnixa trudunt, sc. formica, Virg. Æn. iv. 406. Magna pars rapta, sc. virgines, Liv. i. 9 Sometimes, however, though more rarely, the adjective is thus used in the singular; as, Pars arduus, Virg. Æn. vii. 624.


3. Agreement of the Relative with the Antecedent.

III. The relative Qui, Qua, Quod, agrees with its antecedent in gender, number, and person.


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Viri qui.
Famina que.
Negotia qua.
Nos qui scribimus.
Vos qui scribitis.
Viri qui scribunt.
Mulieres quæ scribunt.
Animalia quæ currunt.
Viri quos vidi.
Mulieres quas vidi.
Animalia quæ vidi.
Viri quibus paret.
Viri quibus est similis.
Viri a quibus.
Mulieres ad quas.
Viri quorum opus est.

The man whom I pity.

whose interest it is, &c.

IV. If no nominative come between the relative and the verb, the relative is the nominative to the verb; but when a nominative intervenes, the relative is governed by the verb, or some other word in the sentence.

OBS. 1. The relative must always have an antecedent expressed or understood, and therefore may be considered as an adjective placed between two cases of the same substantive, of which the one is always expressed, generally the former; as,

Vir qui (vir) legit; vir quem (virum) amo: Sometimes the latter; as, Quam quisque norit artem, in hac (arte) se exerceat, Cic. Eunuchum, quem dedisti nobis, quas turbas dedit, Ter. sc. Eunuchus. Sometimes both cases are expressed; as, Erant omnino duo itinera, quibus itineribus domo exire possent, Cæs. Sometimes, though more rarely, both cases are omitted; as, Sunt, quos hoc genus minime juvat, for sunt homines, quos homines, &c. Hor.

OBS. 2. When the relative is placed between two substantives of different genders, it may agree in gender with either of them, though most commonly with the former; as,

Vultus quem dixere chaos, Ovid. Est locus in carcere, quod Tullianum appellatur, Sal. Animal, quem vocamus hominem, Cic. Cogito id quod res est, Ter. If a part of a sentence be the antecedent, the relative is always put in the neuter gender; as, Pompeius se afflixit, quod mihi est summo dolori, scil. Pompeium se affligere, Cic. Sometimes the relative does not agree in gender with the antecedent, but with some synonymous word supplied; as, Scelus qui for scelestus, Ter. Abundantia earum rerum, quæ mortales prima putant, scil. negotia, Sall. Vel virtus tua me vel vicinitas, quod ego in aliqua parte amicitiæ puto, facit ut te moneam, scil. negotium, Ter. In omni Africa, qui agebant, for in omnibus Afris, Sallust. Jug. 89. Non dissidentia futuri, quæ imperavisset, for quod, Ib. 100.

OBS. 3. When the relative comes after two words of different persons, it agrees with the first or second person rather than the third; as, Ego sum vir, qui facio, scarcely facit.

OBS. 4. The antecedent is often implied in a possessive adjective; as,

Omnes laudare fortunas meas, qui haberem gnatum tali ingenio præditum, Ter. Sometimes the antecedent must be drawn from the sense of the foregoing words; as, Carne pluit, quem imbrem aves rapuisse feruntur; i. e. pluit imbrem carne, quem imbrem, &c. Liv. Si tempus est ullum jure homines necandi, quæ multa sunt, scil. tempora, Cic.

OBS. 5. The relative is sometimes entirely omitted; as, Urbs antiqua fuit; Tyrii tenuere coloni, scil. quam or eam, Virg. Or if once expressed, is afterwards omitted, so that it must be supplied in a different case; as, Bocchus cum peditibus, quos filius ejus adduxerat, neque in priore pugna adfuerant, Romanos invadunt; for quique in priore pugna non adfuerant, Sall. In English the relative is often omitted, where in Latin it must be expressed; as, The letter I wrote, for the letter

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