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Participle plus verb. When you find a participle modifying the subject of the main verb, it is usually best to translate the participle into a finite verb in English, rather than trying to imitate the Latin participle construction. In Latin, a participle is preferred to the use of two finite verbs, but in English, the use of two finite verbs linked by a conjunction is much more common and "natural" than the combination of participle and verb.

experrectus leo murem apprehendit

"the lion woke up and grabbed the mouse" is a good transtion

( as opposed to the more stilted translation: "having woken up, the lion grabbed the mouse")


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