I tell them that every Latin verb has three parts: what, when, and who.
It’s exactly backwards from how we would say it in English.
“He will eat.” in Latin is Eat will he (ed e t). So, we do our translations in reverse order.
Caesar was conquering.
1. Conquer = vincere.
We only need this guy for a second.
The “re” means no one’s doing this, I just am, man. Cross him out.
That “e” in the stem means we’re in 3rd conjugation (chart above).
Now cross it out! “Bye, E! Thank you for your information.”
2. Caesar is a dude. HE was conquering. = t
________ _____ _____ _t_
3. WAS conquering is past tense. = eba
________ _____ _eba_ _t_
4. What was he doing? conquering – vinc
________ _vinc_ _eba_ _t_
5. We have a noun. He’s the boss in this sentence = first form