|From:||Josh Roth <fuscian@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, October 31, 1999, 5:14|
In a message dated 10/29/1999 9:24:05 PM, fflores@ARNET.COM.AR writes:
>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
>> 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?>.
But it does make more sense, in a logical way. IIRC, Hungarian does this, an=
I must admit.... Eloshtan does too! I think sounds fine - it's like=20