A Sample of Self-Definers—Mood, Aspect, & Voice
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Here is a fifteenth hand-curated selection from “Appendix A: A Self-Defining Linguistic Glossary”, a.k.a. “The only truly reliable cram sheet for your Linguistics 101 final”, from The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics.
- He made me use the causative voice.
- I’m done using the completive aspect.
- This would be the conditional mood.
- He used the delimitative aspect for a while.
- I want to use the desiderative mood.
- I guess I’m using the dubitative mood.
- Gnomic aspect uses the simple present in English.
- I am always saying things in the habitual aspect.
- I could use the hypothetical mood if...
- Use the imperative mood!
- The imperfective aspect is not finished occurring.
- This is just starting to look like an inchoative aspect.
- She keeps using the iterative aspect over and over.
- You shall use the jussive!
- Wow! Look! I just found a mirative!
- You must use the obligative mood.
- May you use the optative mood.
- The passive voice is being used now.
- The perfective aspect is finished.
- Even if I used the presumptive mood...
- The progressive aspect is just in the middle of appearing now.
- Don’t use the prohibitive mood!
- If this were the subjunctive mood...
More to come...