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PICTURE: A STOPWATCH

Everyone thinks, speaks, or writes in real time. There is often no time to consult rules and definitions. The more economical we are managing our grammars, the better we manage our language skills.

 

We need good language economy, for good grammar.

 

Advertisements to promise teaching the language in a few weeks or a month — are lies. Feel welcome to APPENDIX 4; it presents grammatical tenses. Can we believe all these forms might just “find their way” to human heads, during sleep, or in another miraculous manner?

 

Language Mapping is not a miraculous idea. It has proved the best, to me and quite a few other people, because it invokes human natural capability for logic. It offers a good logical economy, for speech and language.

 

Let us try a mild brainteaser. If we compare our answers with family, friends, or other people, and get consistent results, we can consider the idea natural, even if we are not familiar with it.

 

My post describes the natural language phenomenon itself,
GRAMMAR — WHY THINK ABOUT SPACE?

 

TASK 1. We have four patterns and four short words. We try to couple the patterns and the words. Here are the four patterns:
A. I think.
It is my opinion that…
Generally, I believe it is…

B. I am thinking.
(Now and here) I am considering, deliberating
(Now) I am wondering, if / over…

C. I have thought.
It has been some time now, that I reckon;
It has been my opinion that…

D. I have been thinking.
It has been some time now, that I am considering…
It has been some time now I am wondering if / over…

 

Here are the four short words:
TO (as with a place: to that place);
ON (as with a ground: on this ground);
AT (as with a mark: at that mark);
IN (as with an area or space: in that area or space).

 

One match is done for us:
C. TO: I have thought.

 

TASK 2. Thinking how we think is an everyday matter, and learning a language without this ability might even make no sense. We happen to make plans, predict on situations, also professional and financial. Let us think if we would couple the above patterns and short words differently, for these phrases.

 

E. I thought. (THE PAST) | I will think. (THE FUTURE)

 

ABOUT THE PAST
It was my opinion, that
Generally, I believed it was…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I am certainly going to be of the opinion still, that…
I am anyway going to believe it generally is…
If it turns out so, I am probably going to reckon that…

 

F. I was thinking. (THE PAST) | I will be thinking. (THE FUTURE)

 

ABOUT THE PAST
(Then and there) I was considering…
(That time) I was wondering if…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
(If it comes to that) I’ll be considering…
(If the situation requires that) I’ll be reckoning on…

 

G. I had thought. (THE PAST) | I will have thought. (THE FUTURE)

 

ABOUT THE PAST
Then, it had been some time already that I reckoned…
Until then, it had been my opinion that…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I will have considered it, by then.
If the situation changes, I will have reckoned on that until then, only.

 

H. I had been thinking. (THE PAST)
I will have been thinking. (THE FUTURE)

 

ABOUT THE PAST
It had been some time then, that I was considering…
Then, it had been some time already I was wondering if / over…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I’ll have been reckoning long enough, by then
(and I say I will make my decision then, at that point).

 

Let us try to take the tasks before we scroll down this page any further, and mind: “The more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered” (Thomas Paine, Common Sense).

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DOES A NOVEL IDEA MEAN WE GET SOME NOVEL LANGUAGE?

We do not change American English at all. The idea just fits the language as it is. We can refer for examples to the

Corpus of Contemporary American English, COCA.

Corpus of US English: LOVING IT

 

This is a dream come true. And I’m loving every minute of it.

(NBC Today Sun as in the Corpus of Contemporary American English, COCA).

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WHY PICTURE LANGUAGE?

Visualization is only to help work out flexible language habits. The idea is my childhood spontaneous invention. Anyway, there are four Aspects in English: why not picture them with prepositions? We do not have to stay with visualization forever.

About me

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ANSWER ON THE TASKS
Classic grammar books will tell there are four Aspects in English, the Simple, Progressive, Perfect, and Perfect Progressive. We can map these Aspects with four prepositions, ON, IN, TO, and AT, for good language economy, and remain grammatically correct.

 

Our short words can be our learned cognitive variables. Feel welcome to Chapter Four, for more.

PICTURE: 4 ASPECT MAPPING VALUES WITH PATTERNS

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WHY COGNITIVE VARIABLES?

Why think about cognitive variables, if tense patterns have not changed in centuries?

 

The term “cognitive variables” does not mean we talk only about matters that change, especially much or often. Cognitive variables are values we can apply flexibly. Here are two real-life and language facts.

 

FACT ONE
There is not and there cannot be a grammar rule to tell whether we want to say that we live somewhere, we are living, have lived, or we have been living somewhere. We need to take up own resolves, to express own thought.

 

FACT TWO

All along, we people live ON Earth. We usually view lands or seas as extents. We give at least psychological borders to areas IN which we are. We perceive routes and ways TO places. We happen to be AT landmarks and places. Such are human natural variables for space, in English.

 

CONCLUSION
We can employ these variables for language.

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Lisbon Agreement

To the advanced level, the grammar venture consists of 4 parts. The work is registered with the US Library of Congress: TX 7-497-087, TX 7-648-439.

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