There are many Latin verbs meaning roughly "continue", but I failed to find a description how to use any of them with another verb. I would like to say things like "Keep walking!" and "She continues to study Greek." and other similar thing having to do with continuing to do something.

Which verb should I use and how? Should I use infinitive, gerund, participle, or something else?

  • From my early search, I imagine Latin uses a single verb rather than a compound one. In a sense, "keep walking!" can be proxied by "vada" or vada iterum or vada itera. and "she continues to study" by "est studeo" or "est studeo iterum". I compiled a list of Latin/English texts from a Pope Francis' text where the English has a compound verb in the sense you mean, and where I see (beware) no particular form arising. You might get a different idea.
    – luchonacho
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 11:15

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Here is a somewhat roundabout possibility: non desinere + infinitive. I think this captures the common emphasis of "continue" in your examples: "despite X, I don't stop...."

  • "Keep walking!" = ne desinas ambulare!
  • "She continues to study Greek." = Graecis studere litteris non desinit.

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