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Old 04-11-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Perhaps I shouldn't ask this question

since I don't fully subscribe to the fluidity of language philosophy, but ... since users of language do seem to be altering it ever more rapidly (and not necessarily for the better) what about a really practical change:

Make verbs the same regardless of subject. For example:

I are, you are, he are, she are, we are, they are.

Yes, these sound particularly awful, "to be" being our most irregular verb, but I could name many other now accepted words and usages that sound equally horrendous to my ear.

The majority of verbs sound less hideous: I walk, you walk, he walk, we walk, they walk.

Well, you get the idea. This is primarily only a consideration in the present tense except for the obvious. Verbs in other tenses behave this way already. Why should the verb in the present tense depend on whether the subject is first person, second person, third person - singular or plural?

Just meditating on some modern travesties and wondering why not really shake things up?


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