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Re: Perfect aspect

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 2004, 11:00
Quoting Doug Dee <AmateurLinguist@...>:

> In a message dated 9/30/2004 6:03:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, > Peter.Bleackley@RD.BBC.CO.UK writes: > > >Actually, this is an interesting question. Exactly how and why did "have" > >get the sense of "auxiliary verb for perfect aspects"? > > I recall reading somewhere that this is believed to have started with > sentences roughly like "I have a cake baked" in the sense of "I have a cake > that is > in-a-state-of-having-been-baked." > > From there, it's a small step to "I have baked a cake."
"I have a cake baked", of course, is identical to Modern Standard High German syntax. Andreas