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Re: Different types of roots; temporary/permanent stative verbs?

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2001, 1:26
On Fri, May 04, 2001 at 08:35:18PM -0400, Nik Taylor wrote:
> Eric Christopherson wrote: > > I'm also wondering about different ways of actually *defining* the > > difference -- how fleeting does something have to be to be "temporary," and > > how long-lived to be "permanent"? Of course, there can be some flexibility > > and irregularity -- in Spanish you say <estar muerto> as if the dead are > > only temporarily dead :) > > Actually, the difference is more like ser = inherent characteristic; > estar = condition. In _está muerto_, being dead is seen as the > condition that the person is in, not an inherent part of who they are.
Yeah, as Matt said (and as I recall having read in my Spanish grammar, after asking the original question). I wonder if there could be three or more levels of "inherentness" -- for example, a given man is (level 1) a human being; (level 2) a writer (for a living); (level 3) feeling under the weather. Perhaps (level 4) eating chicken soup :) -- Eric Christopherson / *Aiworegs Ghristobhorosyo