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Unit Two Tenses

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Unit Two Tenses

Postby Feles in silva » Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:02 pm

Going through unit two which introduces the perfect, pluperfect and future perfect, as well as the subjunctive, I just wanted to stop for a second and make sure I got the ideas right in my mind:

Sum nauta. I am a sailor.
Ero nauta. I will be a sailor.
Eram nauta. I used to be a sailor.
Fui nauta. I was a sailor.

Fueram nauta. I had been a sailor.
Fuero nauta. I will have been a sailor [i.e. by next month].

How does this look?
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Postby discipulus » Mon Sep 19, 2005 1:50 am

"fui nauta" i was a sailor/ or (true perfect) / i have been a sailor

i have struggled with the difference between the perfect and true perfect. the best i can up with for you now is that the true perfect situates the subject of the sentence more in present than does the perfect. i believe i remember reading somewhere that although the true perfect definitely speaks of the past, it's from a present time perspective
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