I received this question:
I love your curriculum. I am currently on Lesson 25 of Visual Latin. The classes are in -depth, but engaging, and I have learned Latin very well thanks to the format (videos, worksheets, and reading). There were even some things about English Grammar that I learned from this course and found very helpful. I have a question about Latin word order. Should the verb ever come last, and when? The videos and worksheets are giving me conflicting information. If there are rules for word order, I would like to see them listed somewhere in the curriculum. Or if there is a video or lesson that explains, please let me know.
Thank you very much!
Here is my reply:
I am happy to hear that you are enjoying Visual Latin! Thank you for the kind words about it. That means a lot to me.
As for Latin word order… I wish there were firm rules. Latin doesn’t always behave, though.
The irregular verbs sum, es, est, and the rest can basically move around the sentence wherever they like.
The regular old verbs like walk, run, talk, play, swim and so on like to hang out at the end of the sentence, but do not always have to.
The safest rule is probably this. If you are not sure where a verb is supposed to go… stick it at the end of the sentence.
Also, you may be interested in my site. Over there, from time to time, I blog about Latin, Greek, Travel, and other things. Here it is: www.dwanethomas.com. Scroll down a bit to find my most recent posts.
Let me know if you need more help!