Speaking of Vlad and Kiera

Fri Feb 21 07:24:41 PST 2003

At 09:59 AM 2/21/2003 -0500, Mark A Mandel wrote:
>Yeah. How in hell do English-speakers manage to say "He's gone" without
>the absolutely vital grammatical distinctions between the degrees of
>certainty implied by "I saw him leave", "I saw him put his coat on and
>then I heard the door open and close", "Somebody told me he'd left", and
>"I haven't seen him for an hour"? No joke: there are languages where
>you can't avoid these distinctions any more than you can avoid verb
>tense or biological pronoun gender in English.

See...this is why I like having you on the list.