QUESTION: gerund clauses
|From:||Jim Grossmann <jimg@...>|
|Date:||Friday, February 12, 1999, 6:32|
Do all languages have equivalents to verbal gerund clauses?
CASTING STONES is inadvisable.
The police disapprove of BREAKING INTO HOUSES.
It seems to me that these could be easily paraphrased:
One casts stones inadvisably.
When one breaks into houses, the police disapprove.
I'm working on a language that doesn't have gerunds so far. I'm
reluctant to add them, because I'm afraid it might make my language too
On the other hand, I don't want to fall into the trap of trying to make
my language exotic by forbidding this, that, and the other thing, until all
I'm left with too inflexible and limited a grammar.
wringing my hands in Washington State