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3rd-person imperative (fwd)

From:Ed Heil <edh@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 10, 2000, 2:50
Subjunctives used to give commands are "jussive" or "hortatory" depending
on whether they are first person or not.

When you give a command to "them" or "you" you're ordering people around,
so it's "jussive."

When you give a command to yourself or a group of which you are a part,
you're not ordering, you're exhorting!  So it's a "hortatory" subjunctive.

If you ask me, it's a sleazy trick to allow teachers to mark their
students down in Latin class.

At least, that's the way I remember it.  I could be confabulating.



On Wed, 10 May 2000, Jim Grossmann wrote:

> Isn't 3rd person imperative also called jussive? > > Or is jussive only called such when it has a marker distinct from imperative > (other than the obvious difference in the person of the subject.) > > Jim >