Common Irregular Latin Verbs

By Clifford A. Hull, Steven R. Perkins, Tracy Barr

Part of Latin For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Like any language, Latin has regular and irregular verbs. Regular verbs follow common rules when you conjugate them; irregular verbs follow their own rules. The following table shows some of the most used irregular verbs, their conjugations, and pronunciations:

Verb Meaning
fero, ferre, tuli, latus (feh-ro, fehr-reh,
tu-lee, lah-tus)
to bear, carry
sum, esse, fui, futurus (sum, ehs-seh, fu-ee,
fu-too-rus)
to be
volo, velle, volui (woh-lo, woh-leh,
woh-lu-ee)
to want
nolo, nolle, nolui (no-lo, no-leh,
no-lu-ee)
not to want
malo, malle, malui (mah-lo, mah-leh,
mah-lu-ee)
to prefer
eo, ire, ii, iturus (eh-o, ee-reh, ih-ee,
ih-too-rus)
to go