I have a conlang with a very simple grammar. All words are "base words" and start and end with a consonant, and there are 5 vowel suffixes to convert those base words to the 5 forms of words (to simplify a bit):
- -i: actions (verbs)
- -e: manners (adverbs)
- -a: objects (nouns)
- -o: features (adjectives)
- -u: prepositions and conjunctions
All actions and objects can take preceding modifiers which don't have a suffix, only the head action/object/feature has a suffix.
I'll just make up some words to keep it simple for this post, but following this pattern. There is a word
reC meaning "progress/progression", and it is used as a modifier to actions/verbs, like
mek ("make"). "I" is
suq and "food" is
fud. "Be" is
vut. So "I am making food" is basically "I be [progressive] make food", and it might be like
suqa vuti reC meki fuda.
I am hugely biased coming from English, so at this point my language closely reflects English's use of things like prepositions and various word forms, but I'm alright with that. But my problem is with "gerunds", which nothing seems to describe what gerunds "mean", only that they are verbs converted into a noun form using
-ing. Like "computing is fun". This is different from my "making" in the last example, but how is it different, what does a gerund word actually mean? How can you break it down or distill it into a set of abstract atoms?
- It is not "progression" the gerund is talking about...
- Is it the "state" of performing the action or something?
- What is it exactly?
Then, I can say "Making food is fun", and it be a gerund, but I can't use
reC because that is for progression. What is the essence of gerund basically?
My best guess so far would be to say (assuming fun is
reC mek fuda vuti fano
That is, it gives a hint at progression, but it treats "making" as a modifier on "food", and the whole thing is a noun phrase.
Does that make sense? Or what would you do, how would you treat the gerunds in a simple system like this?