Perfect/Pluperfect Wording

  • Perfect/Pluperfect Wording

     Shiloh updated 5 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Shiloh

    December 5, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Mr. Thomas! So I know that when you have a verb in the perfect tense you use the suffix -ed most of the time, but is that also interchangeable with the word was? You use both in the episdoes so I wasn’t sure if you could use both words or if there’s a rule as to when you can use ‘was’.

    The same thing happens with the video on pluperfect: you’ve used ‘had been’ and ‘were’, are those interchangeable as well?

    Thank you! And (early) Merry Christmas

  • Dwane Thomas

    December 6, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Hi, Shiloh!

    I wish there was a quick and easy rule here. But, in all my years of reading Latin, I have seen writers jump loosely between the two. I think the only time this would matter would be during a test in school. The Romans didn’t seem to care about this as much as Latin teachers do. 🙂

    When it comes to pluperfect, it’s best to stick with ‘had’. But, here, too, it probably only really matters on tests.

    • Shiloh

      December 6, 2022 at 9:37 am

      Ok, thank you!

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