latin infinitives

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General: An infinitive is, strictly speaking, an abstract verbal noun. The infinitive is used in Latin, as in English, as a noun: Errare humanum est = To err is human. When so used, the Latin infinitive is an indeclinable neuter noun. The infinitive is also used in Latin, as in English, to complete the meaning of another verb (complementary infinitive): Possum videre = I am able to see.

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Latin InfinitivesInfinitivesGeneral: An infinitive is, strictly speaking, an abstract verbal noun. The infinitive is used in Latin, as in English, as a noun: Errare humanum est = To err is human. When so used, the Latin infinitive is an indeclinable neuter noun. The infinitive is also used in Latin, as in English, to complete the meaning of another verb (complementary infinitive): Possum videre = I am able to see. Unlike English, Latin rarely uses an infinitive to indicate purpose. The infinitive is most widely used in Latin in Indirect Speech (Oratio Obliqua), which combines an accusati

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