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Unformatted text preview: The Romanian Presumptive Teodora Mihoc 1 Formation paradigms Future paradigm Subjunctive paradigm Conditional- Optative paradigm Present Presump- tive Simple 1 voi canta / oi canta sa cant as canta Present Presump- tive Progressive 2 voi fi cantand / oi fi cantand sa fi cantand as fi cantand Perfect Presump- tive 3 voi fi cantat / oi fi cantat sa fi cantat sa fi cantand 2 Puzzles ? With the exception of the Present Presumptive Progressive, the forms of the Presumptive are identical with those of the Future, the Subjunctive, and the Conditional-Optative. This fact has made some question the existence of a Presumptive Mood, it being argued that these homonymous forms are merely extended uses of the Future, the Subjunctive, and, respectively, the Conditional-Optative. However, the fact that the Present Presumptive Progressive warrants exclusively presumptive readings suggests instead that there is indeed a legitimate Presumptive Mood . The questions remains: Is there anything about the Future, the Subjunctive, and the Conditional-Optative that may explain their 1 Same form as the present form of the literary Future, the present form of the non-literary Future,...
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