On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 01:37:29 +0100, Trebor Jung <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> what's a conditional mood doing modifying a verb meaning 'to think
> favourably of (1)'?

Gosh. There's a question. The "optative" mood is implies "want to", and
further, that the subject of the verb and the subject of the want are the
same. The "imperative" sometimes implies that the subject of the want is
the 1st person and the subject of the verb is the second person, certainly
that the subject of the want is 1st person. In languages which distinguish
it, the "jussive" is basically an imperative with a 3rd person main-verb
subject. There's also the "hortative" (1st person want, 1st plus 2nd person
action, e.g. "Let's go!").


Basically, something that ought to be declined like a verb (as happens with
causatives a lot) has recieved a bunch of different names depending on its
declension, kinda being named lexically instead of morphologically.

It's the only phenomenon I can think of right now that is named in such a
way. Anyone know any others? I suppose Case might be a borderline example,
but I haven't thought that idea through yet, so don't quote me.