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Latin Verbs - Frequentative


Frequentative verbs show repeated or frequent action. In Latin, frequentative verb forms came to replace the simple verbs, so the frequentative suffix may often be ignored.

Examples of Frequentatives

Frequentative form: imperitare, dicitare, dormitare. Simple form: imperare, dicere, dormire.
Note the frequentative forms are usually 1st conjugation.

In Paul Allen Miller's review of Thomas Habinek's The World of Roman Song, in American Journal of Philology, Volume 127, Number 4, a distinction is drawn between the verb cano 'to sing one's own song (carmen)' and the verb canto 'to repeat the song of another.'

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