Friday, October 3, 2008

Oh, Universe, how do you know both Proust and Wood?

In my Proust this morning, Marcel mentions letters from Gilberte making use of the preterite --he in fact makes the word 'preterite' a verb: preterition, I think it was-- I didn't really know what this meant: see the bit about French being 'mute and inscrutable' below.

So, in How Fiction Works just now I read footnote that informed me that French has a preterite tense used only in writing. Oh, Universe, how did you know what I would be reading today? Okay, it's pretty easy to know which books I'm reading, and I even have a schedule for reading them laid out, but still, good work Universe!

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