Questions tagged [compound-verb]

For questions concerning verbs starting with a prefix, such as 'in-venire'.

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When/whether to use "ineō" instead of "eō"

I am learning Latin for the first time this year, and I have a question about the usage of the verb 'eō', I go. The textbook that I am using, Henle Latin 1st Year, lists 'eō' as follows: eō, īre, ...
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Where does quire come from?

Where does the verb quire come from? L&S is unsure of the etymology but compares it to a Sanskrit word. Do we know more about the etymology of the verb? Is composed of ire ("to go") and another (...
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Why does the verb πολυπραγμονεῖν use the noun stem and not the verb stem? (Greek)

In Plato's Republic, Socrates sets forth the following idea, which he later refutes: τὸ τὰ αὑτοῦ πράττειν καὶ μὴ πολυπραγμονεῖν δικαιοσύνη ἐστί, justice is to do one's own business and not to do too ...
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3rd Principal Part of *refero*

The Latin word for "report" is refero, referre, rettuli, relatus. At first, I thought that rettuli, with 2 t's, was a typo, but it actually appears that retuli, with just 1 t, is the uncommon form in ...
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Why was 'imperō' prefixed with 'in-' and not 'ad-'?

[ Wiktionary: ]   Etymology   From in- +‎ parō. (with dative) I command, give orders to I rule, govern I demand, impose Because the 3 definitions above matches the meaning that one ...
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Imperatives of derivatives of facere, dicere and ducere

Three verbs are well known to have an irregular short imperative: fac, dic, duc. Do the imperatives remain short in the presence of a prefix? For example, which ones are correct out of effic/effac/...
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Can I use in and advenire together?

Is it grammatical to combine in and advenire to say, for example, in Finniam advenit? This sounds otherwise fine to me, but I'm slightly worried about mixing the prepositions in and ad so I want to ...
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What is the difference between emere and coemere?

I was reading Caesar's De Bello Gallico 1.3.1, and I was curious why he used the word coemere when emere also seemed possible; which got me wondering, what exactly is the difference between the two ...
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What is the purpose of repeating prepositions?

In Lingua Latina per se illustrata, chapter 7, there are several examples of phrases where a compound verb, using a preposition as a prefix, is used in conjunction with a lone preposition: Quid ...
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