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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar


165. Every form of the finite verb is made up of two parts:

  1. The STEM (see § 24). This is either the root or a modification or development of it.
  2. The ENDING, consisting of—
    1. the Signs of Mood and Tense (see §§ 168, 169).
    2. the Personal Ending (see § 163).

Thus in the verb vocā-bā-s, you were calling, the root is VOC, modified into the verb-stem vocā-, which by the addition of the ending -bās becomes the imperfect tense vocābās; and this ending consists of the tense-sign bā- and the personal ending (-s) of the second person singular.

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