Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mot'ish Mot'ish, Verb Forms

Table 1.1 showed how far the language is based on base 6 (or 7, depending on how you count it). The next step is conjugation, or adapting your verb forms to the subject and the tense.

First, we need a verb. "To be" will do for the time, one of the more complicated verb-forms in English. It appears as "am," "are," "be," "been," "is," "was," "were," (archaic: "art," "being," "wert") all depending on who is talking and the time that's being referred to. In Mot'ish, it's all much more simplified.


English
Mot'ish
I amI, nowea'beun'tu
I wasI, recent pastea'beun'mi
We will beWe (incl), near futuresi'beun'fe
They wereThey, distant pasttu'beun'ea
Everyone always isEveryone, ongoingmo'beun'mo
Table 2.1


The prefix is always the subject, and the suffix is always the tense. Sandwiched in the middle is always the verb-base, which itself doesn't change.

Mot'ish is a language focused on quantification, perspectivism, and descriptivism, in that order. In English, there a many words similar to "to be" which make learning the language more difficult. In Mot'ish, you can add descriptivism by adding trailing System words (due in a future discourse), which can be both adverbs and adjectives, but instead of having one verb for "to be" and others for "to become," "to exist," "to live," and "to mean," all of those verbs fall under "beun."

Next time, we'll start looking at more verbs, and the 100 most common verbs in the English language (whcih is a much shorter list in Mot'ish).

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