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
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!"