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A cunning linguist...

Discussion in 'Chill Out Forum:' started by mrp2049, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    I've had a thought today about strange paradox's in the English language, mostly because I was faced with some odd tensing issues in Italian.

    I went to Siena yesterday, I thought about this and said to my boss, (literal translation) "I go-ed to Siena yesterday." but this got me thinking...

    What is the present tense of went? I realise there is a certain euphonious issue in saying "I gone", but is that actually all it is? Or is this one of those odd hangovers from middle English?

    I would be greatly appointed if I was to discover some clarity on this.

    I shall return interfrastically.
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Simple present: I go
    Simple past: I went
    Present perfect (?): I've gone

    Does that clarify anything? Because your post confuses me a little :p
  3. Romack

    Romack Senior Member

    Language is often interpreted differently, English is one of the hardest languages as there are so many ways to interpret it. This often leads to literal translations being confused. Just look at

    I just think common sense is in order.
  4. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    It was a bit of linguistically/language rhetoria. I was in a strange mood yesterday.

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