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Autor:  Sobbo
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Data:  23/SET/2009 2:44 AM
Assunto:  Verb form
Mensagem:  Subjunctive in English!!

My eyes must be deceiving me - it appears that the s-s-subjunctive being referred to is merely a recycle of the base form of the verb - as in go, stay, ask etc

I suppose what is meant is, in cases where a subjunctive is used in 'latin-type' languages, in English the base (unmodified) form of the verb is used.

The base form of the verb thus expresses a meaning in English which is expressed by a subjunctive form of the verb in such & such latin-style lingo.

Whereas the aformentioned latin-kind of languages actually have a distinct and separate series of verb forms which operate as a subjunctive, English has no such verb form and uses the unmodified, unvaried base verb form to convey the 'subjunctive' meaning.

The horror .. a language can operate, nay rule the world, without a subjunctive verb form

So be it!

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Verb ASK  –  Nadia  22/SET/2009, 11:07 PM
Verb ASK  –  Dale-CR  22/SET/2009, 11:23 PM
Verb ASK  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 12:14 AM
Verb ASK  –  Subbo  23/SET/2009, 2:24 AM
 Verb form  –  Sobbo  23/SET/2009, 2:44 AM
Verb form  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 11:29 AM
Verb form  –  Sotto  23/SET/2009, 7:24 PM
Verb form  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 11:00 PM
Verb form  –  Whatyoumaycallit  25/SET/2009, 8:00 PM
Verb ASK  –  Nadia  23/SET/2009, 10:34 AM

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