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Re: Various Commands (was Uralic Negative Verbs)

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Saturday, April 8, 2006, 18:44
On 4/8/06, John Vertical <johnvertical@...> wrote:

> "Past imperative" would most likely end up being "I wanted you to ... " I'm > not sure about the conditional; it could stack into an optative of sorts, or > just end up as a conditional imperative (do X if ...)
Or "I/you/she/they should have, ought to have done..." Esperanto can do something like this by using the -int- past participial suffix with the imperative auxiliary "devi", -- usually in the conditional mood though: Vi devintus iri. Vi dev-int-us ir-i 2 IMP-past-V.COND go-V.INF You should have gone. In gzb this is trivial, one just adds the imperative particle after the past tense particle (or perhaps before it): runx-zox mje mwe tq. go-V.ACT past IMP 2 In a world with time-travel, of course, such constructions would be read/heard differently -- as meaning "Don't have gone!" "Undo your having gone!" "Make it such that you didn't go!" -- Jim Henry