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Rule 68: The Complementary Infinitive


In Latin there are a set of verbs that aren't complete just by themselves. Claudia potest, "Claudia is able," needs something else to finish up the thought, and that is where the complementary infinitive comes in. We can think of this infinitive as required to describe the entire action as done by the subject: Claudia potest discere, "Claudia is able to learn."

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Published on January 18, 2021