Re: "Anticipatory" Tense
|From:||Bob Greenwade <bob.greenwade@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 17:48|
At 01:57 PM 3/4/02 -0600, William Annis wrote:
> >From: kam@CARROT.CLARA.NET
> >But in the same vein, what about an "almost" aspect, e.g. "I almost fell
> >over, and you almost laughed out loud". Or "I nearly finished reading that
> >book" (but I never managed the last few pages).
> Vaior makes a number of distinctions in this regard, via
> to almost, nearly (finish) X: -dim-
> to stop just before finishing X: -rdim-
> to just begin to X: -ven-
> to stop just after beginning X: -rven-
Rav Zarruvo has something similar, but it's related more to
perfect/imperfect than to tense or aspect. The suffix -dho is used for
perfect; -ddarr for something nearing completion, or whose completion is in
question; and -zobv for something being attempted and given up on.
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