But what I intended to say was, that a mere succession of nouns or of verbs is not discourse.
Why do substantives often differ in meaning from the verbs to which they are related, adverbs from adjectives?
In verbs there are five tenses, or times, expressing an action, or affirmation.
Some verbs ending in or have an active signification—as Loquor, I speak.
But revenons nos moutons, that is, let us get back to our verbs.
Other verbs ending in o are named neuters and intransitives.
Moods in verbs are like moods in man, they have each of them a peculiar expression.
Before other verbs are declined, it is necessary to learn the verb Esse, to be.
Life, after all, did not consist of books, nor were Greek verbs essential to happiness.
Are these matters to be acquired by study, like Greek verbs or intricate measures?