Monday, March 15, 2010

Clarification on Questions

This morning I woke up thinking about how a "why" question fits into the forms I posted yesterday, and then I realized that it might not be clear how a "how" question works. To be clear, the topic is in the nominative, followed by the question part.
Here's the sample I put in the grammar document:
Dha fiosa, ve ano weros? (That house, 2nd-singular-past build how?; "How did you build that house?")

"Why" questions would be similar. I don't have an example off the top of my head, but you might even go as far as "About the civil war, you-wrote why?" ("Why did you write about the civil war?") -- this includes a topic phrase.


Addendum from the Comments:
Thomas said...
I notice that in your other questions, the topic stands alone at the beginning of the sentence; what about wording it as "the civil war, you wrote about [it] why" (rather than "about the civil war, you wrote why")? Just a thought.

March 15, 2010 1:52 PM


Mee-ah said...
I think that's what I originally had in mind. I ended up writing my clarification between errands today, and I may have failed at clarifying.

Either would probably be allowed, grammatically, but your example is less awkward. Thanks. :)

March 15, 2010 2:55 PM

2 comments:

Thomas said...

I notice that in your other questions, the topic stands alone at the beginning of the sentence; what about wording it as "the civil war, you wrote about [it] why" (rather than "about the civil war, you wrote why")? Just a thought.

Mee-ah said...

I think that's what I originally had in mind. I ended up writing my clarification between errands today, and I may have failed at clarifying.

Either would probably be allowed, grammatically, but your example is less awkward. Thanks. :)