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ExperiencesAn Inquiry into Some Ambiguities$
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J. M. Hinton

Print publication date: 1973

Print ISBN-13: 9780198244035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198244035.001.0001

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Transitional: senses and forms of the verb, ‘to experience’

Transitional: senses and forms of the verb, ‘to experience’

(p.13) 3 Transitional: senses and forms of the verb, ‘to experience’

J. M. Hinton

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This chapter discusses that to experience is, roughly, ‘to undergo, witness’. There are two different verbs here, and each has various forms. Confusion threatens as a result of this situation. ‘To experience’ is really two or more quite different verbs. The chapter distinguishes, independently, between different kinds of grammatical object which those two verbs might take; different sorts of thing that might be said to a-experience and/or b-experience. It does not invariably impose the stipulation that the grammatical subject of the event must have the right sort of awareness or consciousness of it. The chapter suggests that it does seem that when the awareness involved in cal-1-experiencing X-ing takes the form of experiencing, in the b sense of course, then it has to be virtually simultaneous with the X-ing.

Keywords:   experience, object, subject, event, awareness, consciousness, form, sense

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