Re: OT: Latin subject-verb agreement
|From:||T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 13, 2007, 2:19|
> In a message dated 12/12/2007 7:59:40 PM Central Standard Time,
> conlang@CASSOWARY.ORG writes:
>> Just like "I" isn't exactly the nominative first person singular
>> pronoun, "am" isn't exactly the first person singular form of "to be".
> But they are!
> What am I missing?
They're special. I don't know all the details, but in English you say
things like "It's me", whereas decent languages with proper nominative
first person singular pronouns say "It's I", or "Me and John went for a
run" or "Jack beat John and I". Similar bugs can be found in all the
English pronouns ("Us English speakers don't use pronouns properly all
the time", "Latin speakers did case better than we English speakers").