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Impersonal Verbs • A special class of verbs consists of verbs used only impersonally, • These on have three forms: • the Third Person Singular • the Infinitive • the Gerund • So, for example, licet, it is allowed. • Infin. licere, licuisse, liciturumesse
Impersonal Verbs • The following verbs are always, or usually, Impersonal: • decet, it is fitting • libet, it is pleasing • licet, it is permitted • pudet, it shames • miseret, it excites pity • taedet, it disgusts • oportet, it is necessary
Selective Impersonals Many verbs are used impersonally only in certain senses • EXAMPLES INCLUDE: • placet, it pleases, is decided, • accidit. it happens.
Passive/Intransitive Verbs The Passive of intransitive verbs can be used only impersonally EXAMPLES INCLUDE: • itur, there is a going/someone goes, • curritur, there is a running/someone runs.