sun 02 aug 2015 15:32:05 witte de withstraat
i was just wishing again that i knew all the languages that had ever been spoken. so i could know what portion of utterances in every language are in the imperative voice. it seems like the command, plea, exhortation, invitation, is one of the deepest-embedded things in language as i know it.
don't do it. have another beer. stop. come here. kiss me. go away. etc.
i'm thinking of it of course in the light of my promise not to coerce. i can't just banish all use of the imperative form from my communication. so how do i make sure people know i'm not trying to boss them around? (except when i patently am trying to, i mean, tee hee.)