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Re: Problem with Tense

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, December 10, 2007, 7:51
On Dec 10, 2007 12:17 AM, Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...> wrote:
> However, by using a > tense marker other than -en, it suggests that the cat might shape-shift into > something else.
The same meaning could be implied by the English "That was a cat [but now it's a horse]", so I wouldn't worry too much about it -- it could well be a plausible idiom, in which case speakers might not think about the possible alternative meaning unless it was suggested by context. Cheers, -- Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>