I have recently been introduced to the sequence of tenses by my latin teacher. Having checked over and read about it online, I think that he may have explained it incorrectly. What he said was that the tense of the subjunctive verb in latin depends on whether the action is a completed action or not, rather than when the action in the subordinate clause stands in relation to the main verb. Here are some examples- we were given the english and we had to decide what tense the subjunctive verb would be if the sentence were translated into latin. Please can you check if I am correct:We had already succeeded so well that we hoped to win- subjunctive verb would be imperfect as the perfect verb 'hoped' takes place after the pluperfect main verb 'had succeeded'He ran so quickly that no one could catch him- subjunctive verb would be imperfect as the two verbs occur at the same time relatively speakingWe shall ask what he is doing- subjunctive verb should be in the perfect because the present tense 'is doing' takes place before the future 'we shall'Have you heard what he has done- subjunctive verb would be present, as the two verbs occur at the same timeThanks for your help- I'm just really confused!
Latin sequence of tenses- HELP! watch
- Thread Starter
- 08-09-2016 18:57
- 12-09-2016 15:43
I would say that you are right on all of them except
We shall ask what he is doing- subjunctive verb should be in the perfect because the present tense 'is doing' takes place before the future 'we shall'
Other than that, the rest look right to me... it's a fairly tricky concept to grasp but it comes eventually with lots of practice... I still have to think hard about it because it doesn't come naturally!