Re: newbie, sort of
|From:||Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 20, 2003, 19:54|
>>Not really. I had tried to find some reason (like "date vs. duration")or
something like that, but it doesn't quite fit. It's true that the short
forms refer usually to dates and the longer ones to durations, but there
a big amount of overlap ("année" is common in dates. "journée" isn't, on
the other hand). Usually the long forms are used to refer to the present
day or year, but not always. And the opposition "jour-journée" is not
identical to the opposition "an-année". For instance, "that year" is
année-là", never *"cet an-là". But "that day" is always "ce jour-là",
Yikes. Foreign languages can be complicated. Though, I suppose no more
complicated than English.... ;)
>>In other words, there seems to be no strict rule. It's what sounds"best"
for us, and you just have to develop a taste for it :))) .<<
Ah, yes of course. :)
>> No need to. Threads are immortal on this list ;))) .
Hehe... so I've been told. :)
The Aquamarine Demon
"When did I realize I was god? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was
talking to myself."
- Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class
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