"conceive (of)"

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 9 21:00:01 UTC 2008

On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> But, at this point in time, the development of English seems to be
> trending toward the loss of the Present Perfect in favor of the
> Perfect, whereas German and the Romance languages appear to have a
> preference for the Present Perfect-equivalent, to the detriment of the
> Perfect.

That paragraph confuses me; would you please elucidate your
terminology?  In (AFAIR) all that I was taught and all I have learned
of and about English, "perfect" = "present perfect", e.g. "I have
approved" (unless you're speaking categorially of "the perfect
tense*s*"). I would call "I approved" an example of the simple past

m a m

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