BRAINTEASING THE LANGUAGE NATURE

Let us try a mild brainteaser. If we compare our answers with family, friends, or other people, and get consistent results, we can consider the idea natural, even if we are not familiar with it.


TASK 1. We have four short words and four patterns. We try to couple the patterns and the words.

Here are the four short words:
TO (as with a placeto that place);
ON (as with a groundon this ground);
AT (as with a markat that mark);
IN (as with an area or spacein that area or space).

Here are the four patterns:
A. I think.
It is my opinion that…
Generally, I believe it is…

B. I am thinking.
(Now and here) I am considering, deliberating
(Now) I am wondering, if / over…

C. I have thought.
It has been some time now, that I reckon;
It has been my opinion that…

D. I have been thinking.
It has been some time now, that I am considering…
It has been some time now I am wondering if / over…

One match is done for us:
C. TO: I have thought.

TASK 2. Thinking how we think is an everyday matter, and learning a language without this ability might even make no sense. We happen to make plans, predict on situations, also professional and financial.

Let us think if we would couple the above patterns and short words differently, for these phrases.

E. I thought.
(THE PAST)
|
I will think.
(THE FUTURE)

ABOUT THE PAST
It was my opinion, that
Generally, I believed it was…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I am certainly going to be of the opinion still, that…
I am anyway going to believe it generally is…
If it turns out so, I am probably going to reckon that…

F. I was thinking.
(THE PAST)
|
I will be thinking.
(THE FUTURE)

ABOUT THE PAST
(Then and there) I was considering…
(That time) I was wondering if…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
(If it comes to that) I’ll be considering…
(If the situation requires that) I’ll be reckoning on…

G. I had thought.
(THE PAST)
|
I will have thought.
(THE FUTURE)

ABOUT THE PAST
Then, it had been some time already that I reckoned…
Until then, it had been my opinion that…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I will have considered it, by then.
If the situation changes, I will have reckoned on that until then, only.

H. I had been thinking.
(THE PAST)
|
I will have been thinking.
(THE FUTURE)

ABOUT THE PAST
It had been some time then, that I was considering…
Then, it had been some time already I was wondering if / over…

RESOLVE ON THE FUTURE
I’ll have been reckoning long enough, by then
(and I say I will make my decision then, at that point).

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