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Was it a fact in the history of English ... Was it a fact in the history of English that the two auxiliary verbs "be(now sign for passive voice)" and "have(now sign for perfect aspect" had interchanged their roles? i.e. "be" had been the sign for perfect aspect and "have" for passive voice? I get this idea (feeling) from some odd evidence in English today, such as a few adjectives in the past particicle form, as agreed (are agreed on the plan), which has no implication of passive voice, and "have" being often used in the "have + noun + past participle" construction( had my face shaved).
Sep 19, 2019 11:16 AM
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