10.2. FORM RELATIVITY: THE PROGRESSIVE

Our Modal relativity extent expands from the variable {ON}, our earthling basic variable (■→SUB-CHAPTER 8.1). We do not say *we are maying, *we are mighting, or *we are musting.

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PICTURE: MODALITY VARIABLE ON

Do we need to shift our variables to a hypothetical time span, to make patterns as,
“If we were lazy,
we would have BEEN doING
something else for the past hour” (■→SUBCHAPTER 10.1)?

We noted on feature transfer for the anchor HAVE, modal time tends to net or ignore duration; possibly, it would not merely repeat on real-time variables. It would be feature transfer as well to allow for the Progressive to activate with the auxiliary rather than main time, in Modal patterns.

PICTURE: FEATURE SYNTACTIC TRANSFER, WOULD HAVE BEEN DOING

In English, we happen to use the same word forms for nouns, as well as verbs, or adjectives. The features for speech parts become active in context.

I am reading a book (SPEECH PART: NOUN);
I have booked (SPEECH PART: VERB) tickets;
It is good to use book (SPEECH PART: ADJECTIVE) knowledge reasonably.

It even must be that our human minds are capable of language information pools. Feature transfer would be likely within an information pool.

We can symbolically picture a feature pool as below, and use it for fun, as a “wheel of fortune”.

PICTURE: A SYMBOLIC POOL OF LANGUAGE FEATURES

We can have features that exclude one another on opposite sides and keep those that can merge close together, as the ING for the Perfect Progressive. Have fun (!)

■→10.3. FORM RELATIVITY: WORKOUT FOR REAL-TIME TALK