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Tutor profile: Arianna P.

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Arianna P.
Tutor for ten years: Latin, Greek, Italian
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Subject: Greek

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Question:

What is the difference between the aorist and the perfect?

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Answer:

Perfect Tense shows continuing action from the past into the present -es: She has made a cake for dessert (The cake is now available to be served.) Aorist shows something that happened in the past and does not continue in the present -es: She made a cake for dessert (but it may have already been eaten by now.

Subject: Latin

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Why study Latin?

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Answer:

There are several reasons why Latin is a language worth studying. Here are my favorite top four answers: 1. You should study Latin if you have any interest in classical literature. A translation of the Aeneid can give you only a second-hand idea of what Vergil was trying to communicate; to fully appreciate the poem, you must read it in the language in which Vergil wrote it. 2. You should study Latin if you are interested in the English language and want to improve your vocabulary. Although English did not develop directly from Latin, English speakers borrowed many words from Latin. Some of these we use every day ("peninsula," "university") while others ("egregious," "immaculate," "inference") are less common but no less integral to a strong vocabulary. 3. You should study Latin if you are interested in medicine, nursing, or law. Many medical terms and almost all legal terms are Latin words. Knowing the Latin meaning of "lateral" and non compos mentis will give you a competitive edge in these fields. 4. You should study Latin if you are interested in a Romance language. Many words in these languages are little changed from classical Latin. For example, the Spanish word for "boss" (patrone) is a direct descendant of the Latin word patronus, which roughly translates as "political patron."

Subject: Italian

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How do you use the tenses passato prossimo and imperfetto?

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Answer:

Both are past tenses, but they are not interchangeable. The passato prossimo is used to express a past action that took place at a specific point in time. It has a definite beginning and end. (Ho mangiato una pizza ieri. - I ate pizza yesterday) The imperfetto focuses on the duration of an action It is used to express an action that is in progress in the past. (Mangiavo una pizza quando ho incontrato Giulia- I was eating pizza when I saw Giulia)

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