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Andreas Engström
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Re: What up?

Postby Andreas Engström » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:19 am

Michael Chidester wrote:Personally, I wish English had a separate Subjunctive mood. It makes things so much clearer.

Sure, and if we're allowed a wishlist here, I'd like mandatory grammatical type II evidentiality with separate mandatory epistemic modality.

That is, every verb must be conjugated depending on in what way you came about your knowledge about what you're stating, and also depending on how sure you are of the statement's veracity.

Grammatical mirativity might also be nice; that is, conjugation depending on how surprising (or not) you find what you're stating.

Then a statement like "Jake was drunk last night" would by necessity have to use a distinct form of "to be" that expresses all these things, making the statement something like
"Someone reliable told me that Jake was drunk last night, I'm reasonably certain of it but I was a bit surprised by it" or, as the case may be
"I have it on third-hand hearsay that Jake was drunk last night, I'm not at all sure that this is true and I would be very surprised if it was"

All expressed in one word. Now that would be something.

We should probably all speak Western Apache.

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Re: What up?

Postby Steven H » Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:31 pm

Michael Chidester wrote:Not so fast! "Y'all" an also be used in the singular. The only proper second person plural is "all y'all". Anyone from the South should know that.

Personally, I wish English had a separate Subjunctive mood. It makes things so much clearer.


In my experiences "y'all" is most often used for small groups and "all y'all" for larger groups. And the South is a big place and I aint from the same part as you ;)
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Re: What up?

Postby Michael Chidester » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:45 pm

Declining our nouns would also be an improvement in making our language more precise.
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Re: What up?

Postby Steven H » Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:44 am

Michael Chidester wrote:Declining our nouns would also be an improvement in making our language more precise.

But what if I like the noun? Why would I want to decline it? :P
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Re: What up?

Postby Martin Grover » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:02 pm

So long as it isn't "Kunstbronies"!

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Re: What up?

Postby andy » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:19 pm

Oooh, i like that one.

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Re: What up?

Postby Steven H » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:54 pm

You people are wasting electron. Stop it.
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Re: What up?

Postby Ben Michels » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:48 pm

Steven H wrote:You people are wasting electron. Stop it.


Too late. Kunstbronies is going to stick.

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Re: What up?

Postby Martin Grover » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:38 pm

You are welcome!

and

I'm sorry!

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Re: What up?

Postby Steven H » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:29 pm

I suppose we should tell Brenton . . . <sigh>
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