is a composite significant sound, marking time, in which, as in the noun, no part is in itself significant.
You observe how far that verb
is from the reader's base of operations; well, in a German newspaper they put their verb
away over on the next page; and I have heard that sometimes after stringing along the exciting preliminaries and parentheses for a column or two, they get in a hurry and have to go to press without getting to the verb
"But the verb
, the verb
," obstinately insisted Pelisson.
"The subjunctive mood, past perfect tense of the verb
what stress the worthy man had laid on the verb
"float!" And it was true!
He assured me "that this invention had employed all his thoughts from his youth; that he had emptied the whole vocabulary into his frame, and made the strictest computation of the general proportion there is in books between the numbers of particles, nouns, and verbs
, and other parts of speech."
There were errors of orthography, there were foreign idioms, there were some faults of construction, there were verbs
irregular transformed into verbs
regular; it was mostly made up, as the above example shows, of short and somewhat rude sentences, and the style stood in great need of polish and sustained dignity; yet such as it was, I had hitherto seen nothing like it in the course of my professorial experience.
My father had the contempt of familiarity with it, having himself written a very brief sketch of our accidence, and he seems to have let me plunge into the sea of Spanish verbs
and adverbs, nouns and pronouns, and all the rest, when as yet I could not confidently call them by name, with the serene belief that if I did not swim I would still somehow get ashore without sinking.
The snubbings and toothaches and the Latin verbs
are all forgotten--the Latin verbs
'They've a temper, some of them-- particularly verbs
, they're the proudest--adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs--however, I can manage the whole lot of them!
He - probably swayed by prudential consideration of the folly of offending a good tenant - relaxed a little in the laconic style of chipping off his pronouns and auxiliary verbs
, and introduced what he supposed would be a subject of interest to me, - a discourse on the advantages and disadvantages of my present place of retirement.
I have been thinking some of taking a teacher, but I am well acquainted with the grammar already, and teachers always keep you bothering over the verbs
. I was a good deal troubled, for I felt as if I didn't want to go away without having, at least, got a general idea of French conversation.