Philip O. GCSE Classical Greek tutor, GCSE Latin tutor, A Level Latin...

Philip O.

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Classics (Bachelors) - Durham University

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I'm a Classics student studying at Durham University. I am really enjoying my course and want to pass on my enthusiasm to younger students!  I am a very smiley, friendly person and have tutored Latin before regularly (as well as Biology (I did a weird mix of A Levlels)).  In the sessions I will aim to cover whatever it is you are struggling with, you will decide what it is we cover. In my experience, what usually causes problems in Latin in later years is a confusion with the basic principles of the language. By covering the most important and fundamental rules of the language  hopefully you will excel in the more difficult aspects.I'm a Classics student studying at Durham University. I am really enjoying my course and want to pass on my enthusiasm to younger students!  I am a very smiley, friendly person and have tutored Latin before regularly (as well as Biology (I did a weird mix of A Levlels)).  In the sessions I will aim to cover whatever it is you are struggling with, you will decide what it is we cover. In my experience, what usually causes problems in Latin in later years is a confusion with the basic principles of the language. By covering the most important and fundamental rules of the language  hopefully you will excel in the more difficult aspects.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
LatinA-level (A2)A
BiologyA-level (A2)A
ChemistryA-level (A2)A

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Subjects offered

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LatinA Level£20 /hr
Classical GreekGCSE£18 /hr
LatinGCSE£18 /hr

Questions Philip has answered

How are fear clauses constructed?

The general formula for a fear clause is:

"Verb of fearing" + 'ne' + verb in the subjunctive mood

e.g : timeo ne veniat "I fear that he is coming"

Notice how 'veniat' is in the present subjunctive as it is following 'timeo' which is in the present indicative. It is following the sequence of tenses.

If we were to put this phrase in the past it would become:

timui ne veniret - "I feared that he was coming"

Because 'timui' is in the perfect tense, 'veniat' becomes 'veniret' (imperfect subjunctive) following the sequence of tenses.

When putting a fear clause into the negative it is usual for 'ne' to become 'ut'. Nothing else changes

e.g timeo ut veniat - "I fear that he is not coming"

timui ut veniret "I feared that he was not coming"

But if you want to translate a phrase such as "I am afraid to fight him" you use the infinitve, just as in English. So:

timeo eum pugnare

The main thing to learn here is the sequence of tenses.

If the verb of fearing is in the present, future or future perfect tense then the verb following 'ne/ut' is in the present /perfect subjunctive.

If the verb of fearing is in the imperfect, perfect or pluperfect tense then the verb following 'ne/ut' is in the imperfect / pluperfect subjunctive. 

The general formula for a fear clause is:

"Verb of fearing" + 'ne' + verb in the subjunctive mood

e.g : timeo ne veniat "I fear that he is coming"

Notice how 'veniat' is in the present subjunctive as it is following 'timeo' which is in the present indicative. It is following the sequence of tenses.

If we were to put this phrase in the past it would become:

timui ne veniret - "I feared that he was coming"

Because 'timui' is in the perfect tense, 'veniat' becomes 'veniret' (imperfect subjunctive) following the sequence of tenses.

When putting a fear clause into the negative it is usual for 'ne' to become 'ut'. Nothing else changes

e.g timeo ut veniat - "I fear that he is not coming"

timui ut veniret "I feared that he was not coming"

But if you want to translate a phrase such as "I am afraid to fight him" you use the infinitve, just as in English. So:

timeo eum pugnare

The main thing to learn here is the sequence of tenses.

If the verb of fearing is in the present, future or future perfect tense then the verb following 'ne/ut' is in the present /perfect subjunctive.

If the verb of fearing is in the imperfect, perfect or pluperfect tense then the verb following 'ne/ut' is in the imperfect / pluperfect subjunctive. 

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