Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Irregular Verb Sum and Its Compounds

These verbs are all compounds of the irregular verb "to be," sum, esse, fui, futurus, and will frequently take the dative case. Verba mihi desunt, for instance, is how a Roman would say "words fail me," or "I'm speechless."

See Gildersleeve & Lodge: 347 for a few more examples.