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Re: Moody Moods ...

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, March 19, 2001, 20:42
Andreas Johansson wrote:

> We-ell, I'm refering to the German mood called "konjunktiv" in my German > grammar book. Seen in _WÄRE ich reich, WÜRDE ich ein Auto kaufen_, and > _LEBE > die Freiheit_.
Exactly. "Subjunctive" in English. It comes in two flavors -- not really tenses any more, but still called the "present subjunctive" = "I. Konjunktiv" and the "past subjunctive" = "II. Konjunktiv". My statement that the first only existed in fossilized forms and in "I suggest that he play Hamlet" sentences applied to the present. The past is alive and well and used in contrary-to-fact conditions. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein