Re: What would this mood be called?
|From:||Bob Greenwade <bob.greenwade@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 17:48|
At 04:34 PM 3/4/02 +0000, Joe Hill wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bob Greenwade" <bob.greenwade@...>
>Sent: Monday, March 04, 2002 3:31 PM
>Subject: What would this mood be called?
> > I'm thinking to add to Rav Zarruvo a verb mood whose general sense is,
> > "Well, I thought so but now I'm not so sure." It's the sort of thing that
> > could be used after discovering that the man you were about to accuse as a
> > sniper has Parkinson's disease, or that your stomach wasn't ready for
> > food after all. I have no idea what to call this, though.
>Retractive? I just made that up...but it sounds about right...
Of the suggestions given, this is the one I went for.
It also made me ponder if "mitigative" could be the right word, so I
checked some definitions and, while it didn't work, I decided to add that
one as well for a sense of "sort of."
Also, while adding retractive mood to the text of my Rav Zarruvo
grammar, I discovered that it could be used not only for stating a
transition from definite to doubtful, but also (when combined with other
mood auxiliaries) for any recent transition of mood. For a language that
likes to be concise without inflection, this little word has become a gold
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