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Re: French

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Friday, October 29, 1999, 15:39
Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...> wrote:

> When I think of all those people who use the > conditional instead of the imperfect in conditional sentences (saying > for example: "si j'aurais..." instead of "si j'avais...")... Not only i=
> is incorrect but it is ugly (sorry I'm a prescriptivist here, but it's > only a matter of beauty of language).
Oh God, it's spreading! ;-) Seriously, this must be a Romance issue, since Spanish speakers (around me at least) use conditional instead of (subjunctive) imperfect all the time. That is, _si tendr=EDa_ instead _si tuviera_. And I have to agree with you that it's ugly. The worst thing is that the second part of the clause usually needs the conditional, so the very "heavy" ending /'ri.a/ is repeated, producing some really horrible cacophony <sp?>. --Pablo Flores