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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Tenses of the Finite Verb

160. The Tenses of the Indicative have, in general, the same meaning as the corresponding tenses in English:—

a. Of continued action,

  1. PRESENT: scrībō, I write, I am writing, I do write.
  2. IMPERFECT: scrībēbam, I wrote, I was writing, I did write.
  3. FUTURE: scrībam, I shall write.

b. Of completed action,

  1. PERFECT: scrīpsī, I have written, I wrote.
  2. PLUPERFECT: scrīpseram, I had written.
  3. FUTURE PERFECT: scrīpserō, I shall have written.

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