"conceive (of)"

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Dec 10 01:38:17 UTC 2008

On Dec 9, 2008, at 5:22 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

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> Subject:      Re: "conceive (of)"
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> My terminology may be somewhat antiquated, given that it's grammatical
> terminology from fifty years ago, itself based on English "grammar"
> from possibly fifty years before then. Perhaps nummbering would be
> more transparent:
> 1) I act
> 2) I acted
> 3) I have acted
> But it seems to me that there was once wide variation in the
> terminology and a person was forever having to translate the
> terminology that he was reading or hearing into the terminology to
> which he was accustomed on the basis of the example(s) provided...

2) has different labels in English -- "past", "simple past",
"preterite", "imperfect" -- but never, in my experience, "present
perfect" (for English).


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