October 7th, 2005

userinfo senji
2005/10/07 19:01:00 - A tense situation…

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userinfo vyvyan
2005/10/07 19:48:50
It was certainly held up by my language teacher as one of the verbs that in every known language is always irregular (the others being to have and to be).

I think this is an exaggeration. Some languages don't vary the forms of any of their verbs, so there is no scope for morphological irregularity (e.g. Mandarin Chinese); some languages don't have a verb "to be" or "to have" (e.g. some Celtic languages represent the relation of possession through constructions which can be translated as "there is to/with me (noun phrase)").
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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/10/08 13:57:36
some languages don't have a verb "to be"

And some have several. Spanish has one for permanent (ser) and one for temporary (estar) attributes. For existential usages of "to be", Japanese has one for inanimate (aru) and one for animate (iru).
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