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Principal Parts: Descendo, Descendere, Descendi

Dear Latin Teacher,

I have been studying Latin for a few years now, using the Oxford Latin Course. Last night I was doing some verb revision, and in my book it had the verb 'I go down' as 'descendo, descendere, descendi', with descendi being the perfect form. However, when I used the accompanying website for the Oxford course, it said that the perfect form of 'descendo, descendere' was in fact 'discendi'. This has utterly confused me, and I was wondering if you could help me out.


Hi Amelia,

Sometimes in reading Latin one letter makes all the difference. Other times, the Oxford website has a typo. Revise discendī to descendī.

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.



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