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Re: Mood names ...

From:Bryan Maloney <> <slimehoo@...>
Date:Thursday, January 23, 2003, 1:01
Praxian only has the subjunctive and the "everything that isn't
subjunctive" moods.  Everything else is handled by tenses:

he-, e- active
heha-   continuant
the-    present positive
ge-     present negative
dí-     imperative
kí-     negative imperative
sí-     continuant imperative
gí-     continuant negative imperative
sô-     final
dô-     final imperative
ta-     final negative
sôha-   final continuant
eneha'- supercontinuant "whenever it happens that"
enthe-  abilative "to be able to"
enge-   disabilative "to not be able to"

The difference between "active" and "present positive" is similar to
the difference between "transitive" and "intransitive" in English.
One uses the active to say "He is hunting." but the present positive
to say "He is hunting hyenas."  To say "I play."  I would say "Lar
enpyeðram."  To say "I play with a thing." I would say "Lar
thenpyeðram pekad."  Now, to say "I play with a thing to suit myself
or as I wish." I would say "Lar enthenpyeðramlar pekad."  That is,
when I "possess" a verb (add the genitive pronoun), it means that I am
doing it as I wish.  Note though, that when I wish to say "I play as I
wish." I would say "Lar enpyeðramlar."  The regular "enen" can get
ellided to "en".  However, when I am referring to a specific instance
of playing as I wish, I would refer to "enpyeðramlara", adding a
definite article to the end.

Praxians often use definite "verb possession" if a conversation is
triggered by a specific instance of a repeating or continuing event.