[b-hebrew] Verb Inflection & Tense
Harold R. Holmyard III
hholmyard at ont.com
Sat Sep 17 20:23:41 EDT 2005
>Taking verb root ? aral ? which means ? study ? you can add
>a prefix mag to make the infinitive ? mag-aral. The verb
>can be then conjugated in the active voice (or Subject
>Focus as is sometimes called) to nag-aral, nag-a-aral, and
HH: This looks like a typo, since the last two forms above are identical.
> indicating respectively ? having studied
>(Perfect - action completed), studying (Imperfect - action
>in process), and intending to study (Contemplated -
>intended action). There is a different put parallel four
>part conjugation in the passive voice (or Object Focus)-
>pi-nag-aral-an, pi - nag-a ? aral-an, and pag-aaral. You
>can think of Tagalog as having two stems.
>I have been lead to believe that other, if not all, of the
>Austronesian languages are inflected in terms of aspect but
>not tense but certainly Tagalog is.
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