Latin Composition Drills

This simple tool is intended to help users practice writing sentences in Latin. Users select a set of sentences which are our English translations of Latin sentences in exercises in Robertson's Latin Prose Composition. A new page opens that shows the first sentence in a set in English, together with a list of Latin words used in the original. The user can then try to translate the sentence into Latin.

Clicking the 'Check answer' button will display the sentence as entered by the user, with words marked in red when their inflected forms do not match those in Robertson's Latin. If words used number less or more than those used in the original, or prepositions precede their objects, messages in red say so. Clicking the 'Original' button will display Robertson's sentence in Latin. Clicking the 'Next' button will display the next sentence in the set. Reaching the end of a set or clicking the 'Return to sentence list' button will return the user to this page. Neither word order, except for prepositions and their objects, nor punctuation are checked.

Please note that it may be possible, in some cases, to write a correct Latin translation of the English sentence provided the inflected forms of which do not match the original. We expect users and/or their teachers to recognize such cases. We also assume that users who know enough Latin to use this tool will use word order and punctuation that supports the meaning and does not result in nonsense!

Sentences from Latin Prose Composition for Schools and Colleges by Peter Robertson, MacMillan and Co., London, 1951.

Available for use Under construction
  • Impersonal Verbs (22)
  • Partitive Genitive (23)
  • Genitive of Value and Ablative of Price (24)
  • Verbal Nouns (26)
  • Verbal Nouns -- The Gerund (27)
  • Verbal Nouns -- The Gerundive (28)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Of Cause (29)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Of Comparison (30)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Of Comparison (31)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Of Concession (32)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Of Time (33)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Time Clauses -- Cum (35)
  • Adverb Clauses -- Further Notes on Cum and Dum (35)