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Re: Case

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 1:31
Sally Caves wrote:
> No reason except custom, which shudders at the thought! Me am going to > the > store?
Well, why not get rid of the "to be"? "Me going to the store". :-) Actually, as far as I'm concerned, English could get by with no cases, and only three verb forms, the stem, the past (-ed), and the progressive (-ing) - with the adoption of "did" you could get rid of -ed. My proposal for Simplified English ;-) Past tense: use did Progressive: be + verb-ing (me am seeing) Passive: be + verb (me am see) and so on, with possessives indicated by mere juxtaposition (John house) - which would actually DECREASE ambiguity by removing the phonological ambiguity between "the boy's coats" and "the boys' coats" - hey, maybe the apostrophe could be an orthographic indication of possession - John' house? That's the way we should speak! ;-) But seriously, several of these ideas have been incorporated into my various attempts to describe a futuristic "con-English". -- "If all Printers were determin'd not to print any thing till they were sure it would offend no body, there would be very little printed" - Benjamin Franklin ICQ #: 18656696 AIM screen-name: NikTailor