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past tense imperative

From:René Uittenbogaard <ruittenb@...>
Date:Friday, April 15, 2005, 13:08
A couple of days ago, I was struck by an interesting grammatical construction
in Dutch. Dutch has a construction in which an imperative can be used in
the past perfect:

Had dat dan gezegd!	- You should have told me so!
Was dan niet gegaan!	- You shouldn't have gone!

AFAIK, in other languages, the imperative always seems to be used with the
present tense.

Are there other languages in which this phenomenon is known?



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