Yang & Mercury
1,700 words
Somebody asked me for a sequel to Maintenance so obviously I did the opposite because that’s just who I am as a person.
Also, I like theorising about unseen semblances…??

“That’s not my semblance.”

“Then what is?”

He grins again. “Glad you asked.”

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just a fun headcanon of mine that turned into over 1,800 words of angst. tw for homophobia (buuut not really) and misunderstandings!  Oh and talk of a panic attack, Jack’s overdose, bullying…and excessive jumping between past and present tense.  I haven’t written in 3 years, okay.

headcanon: in most fics, Coach is okay with Bitty being gay and is excited that Jack is his boyfriend.  But what if he disapproves of Jack, and Bitty mistakes it for homophobia?

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antonslavik020  asked:

Weiss is starting to have a nightmare, but before it can get really bad her dream takes a positive turn. When she wakes up in Yang's arms, she finds out why. They're dating, but not sharing a bed regularly yet so they had gone to bed separately.

A/N: This ended up getting a little intense (sorry Weiss) but it was fun because I tried writing present tense for better suspense!



It’s dark. 

Far too dark to be natural. 

After all, the Schnee mansion is made mostly white porcelain and pearl, so even on the blackest of midnights on a new moon, the place was always lit with the faintest of glows. 

But now it’s different. 

She can’t see a thing, so she conjures up a small glyph on her palm to light her path- 

-and wishes she hadn’t. 

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The Year We Played Ourselves - The New Yorker
Playing yourself is what you do when you think you’re serving your own interests but are actually betraying them. That happened a lot this year.

“The difficulty, for all of us, is that you don’t know that you’re playing yourself until you’ve already played yourself. That, by definition, is how hubris works. In her 2010 book “Being Wrong,” my colleague Kathryn Schulz writes that “error literally doesn’t exist in the first person present tense: the sentence ‘I am wrong’ describes a logical impossibility. As soon as we know that we are wrong, we aren’t wrong anymore, since to recognize a belief as false is to stop believing it.”

It was about 10 p.m. on November 8th when I realized how thoroughly I had played myself. I had imagined that I inhabited such a safe and silly position, in a messily but steadily ameliorating world. I had assumed that Hillary Clinton would win the Presidency; I assumed that Donald Trump was fundamentally unelectable. I had tried to remind myself that cultural gains don’t translate to broad social consequences, and yet—perhaps because it served my position to do so—I had come to believe that they did.”

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Intro to Italian Verbs + Regular Present Tense

In Italian there are three main types of verbs, categorised according to the tail of the infinitive form. These are known as the first, second, and third conjugation, or as –are, -ere, and –ire verbs respectively. Each verb group has slightly different conjugations in each tense and mood. Further reading about verb tenses and moods in Italian can be found here.

Before we can conjugate verbs, it’s important to first know personal pronouns in Italian. Grammar tables across languages follow a standard order for pronoun lists: first person, second person and third person in the singular, followed by first person, second person and third person in the plural.

Personal Pronouns

As you can see in the chart, while English has neuter forms of the singular third person pronoun, Italian does not. This is because Italian has two grammatical genders, and inanimate objects are either masculine or feminine.

In general, there are two formats that verb tenses and moods take: simple tenses where the main verb is conjugated on its own, and compound tenses which require an auxiliary verb. In this post I will be focusing on a simple tense and the most common mood- the present tense in the indicative.

Simple tenses in Italian are conjugated by taking the stem (the infinitive form with the –are, -ere, or –ire removed), and adding the correct conjugated ending. All regular verbs in the present tense follow this rule, but of course there are plenty of irregulars, which simply need to be memorised. 

Regular Present Indicative Conjugations:

Here are some examples of present tense verbs putting this chart into practice using parlare- to speak, vivere- to live, and aprire- to open.

Example Conjugations

So from the example we can see the process. If I want to say “I speak” in Italian, I take the verb parlare, remove the tail to form the stem: parlare→parl, and then I add the ending for “io” to form parlo.

Some third conjugation (-ire) verbs are given an extra suffix added to the stem before conjugation. I know them as “isc” verbs and they conjugate as follows:

Example “isc” Conjugation

As you can see, the noi and voi forms of the verb do not require –isc- to be added. The majority of third conjugation verbs conjugate normally, but you can find a short list of “isc” verbs along with some more information here.

So there you have it. A basic introduction to verbs in Italian, and how to conjugate regular present tense verbs. I recommend memorising the personal pronouns in the listed order, as well as memorising the regular present tense verb ending table. Next time I’ll do a post with some irregular verbs in the present tense.

To learn some more verbs, I like this memrise course with the 500 most common Italian verbs.

To test what you’ve learned now, here’s a small exercise. I’ll post answers under the cut.

1. Conjugate parlare- to speak into the lui/lei form

2. How would you express the third person plural loro in English?

3. Conjugate perdere- to lose into the tu form

4. Conjugate dormire- to sleep into the voi form

5. How would you write the infinitive form of abitano- they live?

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“I won’t turn ‘round or the penny drops. I won’t stop now, won’t slack off or all this love will be in vain. To stop from falling. Down a mine. It’s no-one’s business but mine. Where all this love has been in vain. In you i’m lost, in you i’m lost.” Radiohead - Present Tense