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Re: Problem with Tense

From:Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 1:24
On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:51:35 +0100, Philip Newton
<philip.newton@...> wrote:

>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@...>
In English, the distinction can be made by stress, as in "That *was* a cat." This kind of thing isn't possible in MNCL5. I'm not sure I want to rely wholly on context for this particular language. Jeff