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Autor:  Michael Robertson
E-mail:  getget@australia.edu
Data:  01/MAI/2003 12:20 AM
Assunto:  Re: Will + Perfect Aspect
 
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Hello

1 (you said) Why do we have "did go" as a cognate for "went", and can use "did" as an auxillary to indicate past for the present form of nearly all our verbs, but we cannot use "did be" for "was"?

I can only say that the observed pattern in the language is that (normal) lexical verbs usually require an auxiliary for questions and negatives – the verb ‘be’ is not within the group of lexical verbs and ‘behaves’ differently

I don’t, however, see how this impacts upon anything that I have said (although I won’t be surprised if I’ve missed something)


2 (you said) Also, notice that it is archaic to use the remote forms, like "went", in questioning sentences. We say:"Did you go there?" rather than "Went you there?" Why?

I’m referring to standard current usage and can’t see the relevance of this to what I’ve proposed

3 (you said) Regarding "must", Skeat says it is the past tense of the AS verb "mot". This present tense has been lost, and we now use "must" as present tense.

I really can’t comment, not having read Skeat or having any expertise about the origin of individual words – perhaps if you gave some examples of the mot/must present/past dichotomy it might be clearer

Can you, or Skeats, provide an example of past use of must? (I very much doubt it)

Mick Robertson


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Future Perfect  –  Miguel Vieira  28/ABR/2003, 2:16 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Ricardo - EMB -  28/ABR/2003, 3:27 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Miguel Vieira  28/ABR/2003, 6:21 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  pat  29/ABR/2003, 8:30 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Miguel Vieira  29/ABR/2003, 6:41 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Mike Robertson  29/ABR/2003, 6:56 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  pat  29/ABR/2003, 9:59 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Micke Rob  29/ABR/2003, 11:55 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  José Roberto  30/ABR/2003, 12:00 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Mike Robertson  30/ABR/2003, 12:40 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  patrick  30/ABR/2003, 8:23 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  José Roberto  30/ABR/2003, 10:11 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  Mick Rob  30/ABR/2003, 6:52 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  pat  30/ABR/2003, 9:57 PM
 Re: Will + Perfect Aspect  –  Michael Robertson  01/MAI/2003, 12:20 AM
Re: Will + Perfect Aspect  –  pat  01/MAI/2003, 8:25 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  José Roberto  01/MAI/2003, 12:13 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  pat brownp  01/MAI/2003, 6:34 PM
Re: Future Perfect  –  José Roberto  30/ABR/2003, 10:09 AM
Re: Future Perfect  –  pat  29/ABR/2003, 7:04 PM

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