tenses in indo-euro langs

Caspian   Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:52 pm GMT
English does have a subjunctive.

"It is important that everybody be there."
ocell   Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:22 am GMT
Another form of subjunctive in English is
If I WERE in London I'd meet the Queen :-)
Anyway English subjunctive is a breeze compared to that of most romance languages
szep   Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:59 am GMT
Among the languages I know I reckon that Portuguese is the language with the most complicated verbal system: it's got so many tenses and moods. On the other hand, particularly the brazialian variant tends to use fewer forms. Generally they just make use of 3 or 4 forms of each verb tense. For instance
cantar = to sing
eu canto
tu/voce, ele ela canta
nos cantamos but it's used the form a gente canta too
eles, elas cantam
French and Italian, on the contrary, use all the forms.
je chante
tu chantes
il, elle chante
nous chanons
vous chantez
ils, elles chantent
and so on
Jef   Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:20 pm GMT
<<English does have a subjunctive.

"It is important that everybody be there.">>

While it's true that English does have a subjunctive, you must admit that its usage is limited and really quite simple when compared to the Romance languages.