This is the second part of a series I have been doing on conjugating Latin Verbs. You can read part one here. If you’re a part of Classical Conversations, these worksheets correspond to the memory work from Cycle 2 of the Foundations program, or the Henle I lesson 15. Latin conjugations that are formed with the perfect stem are the indicative (mood) active (voice) tenses of Perfect (the past), Pluperfect (the past of the past), and Future Perfect (the past of the future).
Latin Conjugations Perfect Stem
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I’ve been working through these worksheets with my 6th grader. If she can start to become comfortable with the way verbs are built, then as she approaches them in the Henle book in Challenge A, she will have no trouble adjusting to the work that comes her way. The purpose of the activity is to build muscle memory of these conjugations. So often I find myself working through the Henle 1 text and passing the little assignments that say, “Memorize #134 in the grammar.” It’s very easy to look at the concept in the grammar book, and then move on to the exercise because that is what I’m supposed to do to finish the assignment for the week, and that’s what’s important right?! Finishing assignments?
No! I truly desire to learn the language, so I need to practice these basics so that when I get to later lessons that don’t isolate each of the verb tenses, I won’t be constantly guessing at which form that verb is in.
To truly understand what is going on in these worksheets, go back and read the basics of Latin verbs here. Each set of these worksheets have isolated one tense (Perfect, Pluperfect, or Future Perfect), one mood (indicative) and one voice (active).
The Perfect Stem
Latin verbs are given with four principle parts. The perfect stem is found in the third principle part.
You will want to learn all four of these words as you study the vocabulary because if you have those principle parts, you can build any of the variations mentioned above. The perfect stem is what we will focus on here, and it will build the forms of your verbs in the Perfect Tense, Pluperfect Tense, and Future Perfect Tense.
Perfect Tense Conjugations
Future Perfect Tense