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Dec. 31st, 2018 | 07:47 am

mirative (MIR-uh-tiv) - n., a grammatical mood that expresses (surprise at) new information or unexpected revelations.


Not a distinct verbal mood in most languages, and there is some debate over whether it exists in any language separate from moods expressing evidentiality. For example, Albanian has distinct mirative forms expressing surprise, but they can also express doubt, irony, or that something is reported secondhand. Coined either on French models or from Midlands English dialect mirate, an alternate shortened from of admire.

---L.

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Nehama

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from: med_cat
date: Jan. 3rd, 2019 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Is it possible to give an example in English?

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Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day

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date: Jan. 4th, 2019 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I can't come up with one -- it turns out to be a tricky thing to grasp.

The function of "it turns out" in the above is somewhat mirative. Other adverbial phrases with similar functions include "apparently" and "to my surprise."

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Nehama

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from: med_cat
date: Jan. 6th, 2019 11:17 pm (UTC)
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I see; thanks for the explanation!

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