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Gargish language question

Discussion in 'UHall' started by DevilsOwn, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. DevilsOwn

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    Can someone explain, please, how to convey past tense in Gargish? For instance, there is:

    English - Admit = Gargish - Chan-por
    English - Admittance = Gargish - Chan-por-tas

    but I don't see a way to make the word 'admitted'

    It could be done by saying "I did admit that" except that I cannot find a translation for the word 'did', either.

    thanks for any help you can provide :)
     
  2. Crysta

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    I wish I could help on this one as I usually have the lore answers, but i'm honestly not that up on Gargish phonetics and structure (or Ophidian, but that's another story).
     
  3. Cear Dallben Dragon

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    just make it work with the ways gargs talked in past ultimas.
    "TO HAVE GAINED ADMITTANCE TO MY HOME, TO BE WELCOME HERE, TO PLEASE SIT DOWN AND HAVE A NICE TIME, TO SPEAK LIKE I DO"
     
  4. Maplestone

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    At first I thought gargish is very existentialist. Things "are" ... not were, not will be, they just are. But this may not be true since there are separate words for "is" (est) and "was" (prae-tim ... literally "before time", I might have expected it be prae-est). However, given that prae-prefixed words are uncommon, it does not appear to be a general indicator of tense.

    Rather the suffix "-le" appears to be used to mark past tense for verbs (with "-re" for future). So, if this is used, admitted would be "Chan-por-le"

    If you ever do get hopelessly stuck, remember that there is a whole layer of intonations and gestures which are not recorded in the written language, so that can always be used as a cop-out for missing grammar :)
     
  5. Stupid Miner

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    "Admitted" can be either past tense, or passive (or both).

    "I admitted him." would be past tense. (Subject is doing the verb)

    "He is admitted." would be passive. (the verb is being done by someone else to the subject)

    If you're trying to make it passive, you may want to use a "to be" word.
    Such as "He is being admitted."

    You might need to combine a "to be" verb with the "-le" suffix. It should result in something like "He has been admitted" which is mostly the same. (actually this could be translated directly as "he is admitted," but there's some ambiguity.)
     
  6. mjolnir131

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    inlor male or female name?
     
  7. Maplestone

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  8. DevilsOwn

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    thank you, all

    very confusing, eh? :)
     
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