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Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: Re: OT - Programming Languages w/o English Syntax]

Nori Heikkinen wrote:
on Sun, 19 Oct 2003 12:38:45PM -0700, Erik Steffl insinuated:
of course, you can create various complex and ambiguous sentences in english, the point is that you can take few forms of sentences and
have a working language (that's pretty much what BASIC (talking
about programming language) is).

you can do that in both languages.

let's say you have a function called isRed(x) (returns true if x is red). Now how would you call this function in german? it would never be in agreement with all possible x (grammatically). not sure if this is the best example - perhaps in this case it would be acceptable to use istRot, regardless of gender of x. point is you would run into problems like this trying to use german, you would very rarely come up with problems of this nature in english...

remember the word itself (in its basic form). while when learning
german... I don't even want to think about it.

have you ever?

ein bisschen... but what does it matter? it's just a random example, I could as well use slovak (but then less people would understand examples).


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