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|Subject:||Alternative Verb Conjugations|
I am looking for examples of two alternative sets of verb
conjugations for the same tense, aspect, or mood that co-exist in
As an example, modern Spanish has two distinct conjugations for
the imperfect subjunctive. The older conjugation ends in -se and
comes from Latin's pluperfect subjunctive. The newer conjugation
ends in -ra and comes from Latin's pluperfect indicative. The -ra
set is more popular in the spoken language but -se is still used
in written Spanish, and I have occasionally heard it spoken.
There are some minor differences in usage but when it comes to
the primary functions of the imperfect subjunctive, -se and -ra
Do you know of other examples?
Judy Hochberg, Fordham University