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Re: Tentative Judajca =A= Conjugations

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 28, 2001, 5:33
At 10:00 am +0200 27/3/01, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
>> What was the future imperative used for? > >For orders too, but what I remember is that it was more hortatory then really >imperative, though it existed only in 2nd persons singular and plural. I >have to >check my Latin grammar...
You do - it existed also in 3rd person singular and plural: esto - let him be...! sunto - let them be.....! The full forms, for a regular verb, were (to use _mone:re_ [to advise] as an example): ACTIVE PASSIVE singular plural sing. plural 2nd. mone:to: mone:to:te mone:tor mone:mino: 3rd. mone:to: monento: mone:tor monentor But the present subjunctive did just as well, and that's what survived in the Romancelangs - the so-called "future imperatives" remained fossilized in Classical Latin. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================