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# of possible verb declensions

From:Christopher B Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 26, 2002, 17:30
taliesin sekalge:
>As a non-native speaker, let me assure you: English verbs are just about >the worst bit.
Oh, no, my friend. It is you who are mistaken. The worst bit is memorizing pronunciations. The first rule for pronouncing English words is that the symbols don't matter. The verbs aren't nice, though. Joe's estimate was very low. He missed at least two aspects that can go with any verb or tense, and he didn't separate plurals from singulars. (The verbs themselves usually don't, but I count pronouns with verbs, albeit in an ethereal way. Language isn't absolute, so you can argue and be correct while I am also correct.) Thus, I get a minimum of 15 basic conjugations, with aspects increasing that to 75...without stacking aspects. Also, there are other aspects that might not be considered aspects, such as my "abilitative" aspect taking the place of "can, be able to"; and I don't know all the official aspects. Combining two official aspects allows for about 750 forms using one or two aspects with or without negation. Laimes, Wright.


taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>