Essential GCSE Latin is a practical and accessible guide for students. This third edition is updated for the OCR GCSE (9-1) specification (first assessment 2018). It covers all the linguistic requirements for GCSE Latin, providing straightforward and helpful explanations of every grammatical construction. Each point is illustrated with examples and practice sentences (650 in all).
With an easily navigable structure and generous cross-referencing, Essential GCSE Latin concentrates on understanding principles and patterns, reducing the need for rote learning. Concise and clear, it is ideal for those on a reduced timetable, or as a supporting grammar and exercise textbook alongside other Latin courses. As a revision guide it provides a fast but comprehensive recap of the language.
The book includes a full GCSE vocabulary and a glossary of grammar terms for quick and easy reference. Fifteen practice passages for unseen translation are followed by five complete practice GCSE papers, and additional exercises for the optional English-Latin sentences.
The new edition is supported by a companion website with answer keys and further resources, and is endorsed by OCR.
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).
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