This new edition of Essential GCSE Latin is updated in the light of the 2016 GCSE specification from OCR. Neither a complete course from scratch nor a reference grammar, but a summary of all the linguistic requirements for the OCR Latin examination, this is the perfect book for classes who are on a reduced schedule or who are using other longer Latin courses that require a supporting grammar and exercise textbook.
Whatever course students of Latin have used, many remain very hazy about grammar. It is difficult to track back in a multi-volume course to the first introduction of a particular construction. Traditional grammars, on the other hand, can be forbidding, and often do not give enough help with syntax and idiom. This book breaks everything down into bite-sized chunks, with examples and practice sentences (600 in all) on each point, and generous cross-referencing. Written by an experienced examiner, teacher and author of textbooks for the classical languages, it concentrates on the understanding of principles in both accidence and syntax, in order to cut down on rote learning. Practice passages for the optional harder unseen translation passage are included.
The new edition is supported by a companion website with further resources and answers, and is endorsed by OCR.
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3rd Revised edition
10 August 2017
Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Educational: Primary & Secondary
Preface List of abbreviations Glossary of grammar terms The importance of word endings Nominative case; Vocative case; Accusative case; Genitive case; Dative case; Ablative case Declension and gender; First declension nouns; Second declension nouns; Third declension nouns; Fourth and fifth declension nouns Adjectives; Agreement of nouns and adjectives; Comparative adjectives; Superlative adjectives; Irregular comparative and superlative adjectives Adverbs; Comparative and superlative adverbs Pronouns; Personal pronouns; Possessives; This and That; Self and Same; Relative pronoun (who, which) and clause; Less common pronouns Prepositions; Prefixes and compound verbs; Conjunctions Verbs and conjugations; Present tense; Imperfect tense; Future tense; Infinitive The verb to be; Principal parts; Perfect tense; Common irregular perfect tenses; Pluperfect tense; Future perfect tense Very irregular verbs; Defective and impersonal verbs Active and passive; Present, imperfect and future passive; Agent and instrument; Perfect, pluperfect and future perfect passive; Passive infinitive Deponent verbs; Semi-deponent verbs Direct commands; Direct questions Numerals; Time expressions; Time clauses Because and although clauses; If clauses (conditionals) Connecting relative Present active participle; Perfect passive participle; Common irregular perfect passive participles; Perfect active participle (from deponent verbs); Future active participle; Disentangling participles; Ablative absolute; Gerundives Indirect statement; Imperfect subjunctive; Purpose clauses; Use of qui for purpose; Indirect commands; Result clauses; Verbs of fearing; Time clauses with imperfect subjunctive; Pluperfect subjunctive; Cum clauses; Indirect questions Negatives Translating complex sentences Important words with more than one meaning Words easily confused Summary of uses of the subjunctive Practice passages for unseen translation Vocabulary Index
John Taylor was for many years Head of Classics at Tonbridge School, UK, and is now Lecturer in Classics at Manchester University, UK. He is an experienced examiner of Classical Greek and the author of Latin Beyond GCSE (2nd edition, Bloomsbury, 2017), and with Henry Cullen, the two-volume course Latin to GCSE (Bloomsbury, 2016).