faciat vs faciet / by Anthony Gibbins

The Latin Verb facio, facere, feci, factum means to make or do. As you can probably imagine, it is one of the most commonly used Verbs in Latin. The Verb appears twice on this page.

faciat is in the Subjunctive Mood. The Subjunctive Mood has all kinds of uses, one of which is called the Deliberative Subjunctive*. It is used, as its name suggests, to deliberate. For example, quid facio? – in the Indicative Mood – means What am I doing? quid faciam? – in the Subjunctive Mood – means What should I do? quid faciat noster Marcellus? means What should our Marcellus do?

*That, of course, is the name given to it by grammarians. The average Roman didn’t think ‘Hey, I’m using a Deliberative Subjunctive!’ any more than you or I do when speaking our own native tongue.

faciet is in the Indicative Mood – the Mood of straight up fact. It is also in the Future Tense. So, quid faciet noster Marcellus? means What will our Marcellus do?

I have recently read some predictions written by students after reading this episode of Legonium. They were fantastic! If you should have the time, I’d love you to leave a comment on the blog page. What do YOU think Marcellus SHOULD do? What do YOU think he WILL do?

Look! The suitcase which Marcellus found (amazing to say) is full of…money! What should our Marcellus do? What will Marcellus do?