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From: Arnt Richard Johansen <[log in to unmask]>

On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:48:40PM -0600, Ian Spolarich wrote:
> While working on a conlang of mine in which there is no future or present
> and only a nonpast tense,

Wait. How does this work? What is the difference between having one tense and having no tense at all? How are past events referred to in this language?
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It works perfectly well in Indonesian: _ia nyanyi_ *depending on context* can mean he sings/is singing/will sing/sang.

There are of course numerous little particles that can clarify----

sedang..... progressive  (no intrinsic meaning)
akan, mau..... future (akan "    "      " ; mau 'want to'
dulu.... formerly, used to
sudah... either simple past or pres.perfect (sudah 'already')
mesti..... must (i think it's a verb in it's own right, and looks like a loanword?) 
harus... has to   ( "  "    "   "    ")
pernah.... once, ever