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  • Book - Inflections

    Chapter - Pronoun Inflections

    Section - The Story Viewpoint and The Story Tense

    A declension [ -- specifically, grammatical person, number, and gender, but not grammatical case -- ] is a kind of value. Some declensions are first person, second person, third person masculine, third person feminine, third person, first person plural, and third person plural. The specification of a declension is "These are the possible values for 'the story viewpoint'. To create others, see the documentation for Custom Library Messages."

    The story viewpoint is a declension that varies.

    A conjugation is a kind of value. The conjugations are present tense, past tense. The specification of a conjugation is "These are the possible values for 'the story tense'."

    The story tense is a conjugation that varies.

    An irregular verb is a kind of value. The specification of an irregular verb is "Normally one of the suffixes [-s], [-es], [e-s], or [-ies] follow a verb to conjugate it, but irregular verbs cannot be done so. Hence, [have*], [eat*], and the rest. (Each suffix pretends to be an irregular verb from zero to three letters long.)"

    [A grammatical case is a kind of value. [Or as much of a grammatical case as English ever gets.] The specification of grammatical case is "English tends to use a specific word order instead of inflecting its nouns, but pronouns are sensitive to their location and function within a sentence. Here, grammatical case is used in a single phrase, 'the pronoun corresponding to', and the possible values are: subjective case (I, we), objective case (me, us), possessive case (my, our), reflexive case (myself, ourselves), and possessive pronoun case (mine, ours)."]

    To decide if (x - a conjugation) is in any present tense: (- ((({x} - 1) & 1) == 0) -).
    To decide if (x - a conjugation) is in any past tense: (- ((({x} - 1) & 1) ~= 0) -).