|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=t
> 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?>.