Showing posts with label tense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tense. Show all posts

24 February 2016

Grammatical tense: (certain verbal characteristics)

Published, edited, formatted & annotated (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
six verbal tense-types
(wesbource: Wikipedia

In grammar, tense is a category that expresses time reference. Tenses are usually manifested by the use of specific forms of verbs, particularly in their conjugation-patterns.

Basic tenses found in many languages include the past, present and future. Some languages have only two distinct tenses, such as past and non-past, or future and nonfuture. 

17 February 2015

A brief overview of Germanic morphology

"Teutonic", schematic definition-map, from
Free Visual Dictionary-

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Approximate location of various ancient 
Indo-European peoples in western Eurasia, 
in early antiquity
(from: Wikipedia)


The oldest Germanic (Gmc) languages have the typical-complex inflected (i.e., synthetic) morphology similar, due to Germanic's derivation from older Indo-European (IE) languages, with four or five noun cases; verbs marked for person, number, tense and mood; multiple-noun and verb-classes; few or no articles; and rather free word-order.

09 October 2011



The Forms of the Latin Verb

by William Harris
Verbs are the heart of Latin stylistics. Latin uses verbs in a variety of ways, while English of the present time, especially in America and specifically in science and textbook writing, expresses itself largely in noun-concepts. One might well suspect that the only live verbs in English are those which join nouns to their modifiers, and this produces often a stiff and unyielding text-book style.

Not so Latin, which understands the flow and motility of verbal ideas, and with a relatively full arsenal of verbal modifications, faces the world verbally...... actively, as it turns out. The clearest proof of this difference in the languages appears when you try to translate English into Latin, a revealing intellectual exercise. 

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