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Re: Moody Moods ...

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, March 18, 2001, 20:21
Andreas Johansson scripsit:

> The trouble is that I don't know much of moods. I'm somewhat familiar with > the German conjunctive (and the few surviving or fossilized bits of the > Swedish conjunctive),
Just to avoid confusion: the German Konjunktiv is translated in English by "subjunctive", following the practice of the Romance languages. It is mostly fossilized too, although the construction "I suggest that he do [not does] X" is still alive, at least in American English.
> but what about other moods? Can anybody give me a > description of common moods (name and usuage in different natlangs), or > alternatively point me to a webpage with a good description?
We have of course the imperative, for commands. In Latin that is all (indicative, subjunctive, imperative): in Classical Greek there is also the optative, for wishes. Non I-E languages probably have others. -- John Cowan One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore --Douglas Hofstadter


Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>