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one finds oneself wondering why the hell to be, a verb that is used… 
21st-Apr-2003 08:31 pm
one finds oneself wondering why the hell to be, a verb that is used constantly, is irregular in just about any language (or at least, the ones i've encountered).

i also still hate genders. say what you will about English being difficult, at least we don't have to arbitrarily memorize that bookbag (mochila, in case anyone cares) is feminine while desk (escritorio) is masculine.

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22nd-Apr-2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Masculine/feminine might be arbitrary but its usually evident. For example mochila ends in a therefore feminine, escritorio ends in o therefore masculine. It may seem strange but there's not a lot of extra work involved.

English has a great number of irregular verbs compared to other languages (that I'm familiar with), but I do agree with your comment about to be. Part of the problem is that English is half Germanic half Latin, so there are two words for everything. Think about food, you raise cows you eat beef, you raise chickens you eat poultry. Germans raise cows and eat cows, they raise chickens and eat chickens. French raise beef and eat beef, they raise poultry and eat poultry. Of couse they have their own words for those.
22nd-Apr-2003 08:53 am (UTC)
Esperanto is the way to clarity. :)
22nd-Apr-2003 11:39 am (UTC)
you could try Russian - they have the verb "to be", but they don't hardly ever use it. Just like 'a, an, the' are never in their sentances either.

Not that it's any easier for this, or doesn't have its own share of irregular verbs.
22nd-Apr-2003 11:06 pm (UTC)
heh. i did two years of Russian. it kicked my ass. :) one day, i want to go back to it, when i have the attention to give to it. i suspect it'd be much easier this time around.
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