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Thursday, April 11, 2013

I know that "tap" means "would have". Where does this construction come from? Is it a combination of "ta + ap" or something else? Thank you!

It can be te ap or ta ap

te + ap = past continuous forms

Li t'ap mache byen vit pou l pa ta rate bis la.
He was walking quickly so that he would not miss the bus.

Nou t'ap tann ou.
We were waiting for you.

M t'ap panse pou m anile kont lan.
I was thinking to cancel the account.

Ta + ap =  conditional statements

Ou t'ap fache avè'm si m pa't pote manje a pou ou.
You would have been mad at me If I didn't bring you the food.

Si w pa't wo konsa, m t'ap fese w atè.
If you weren't that tall, I would have thrown you to the ground.

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  1. I love searching on your blog and finding EXACTLY what I need! I knew that t'ap was either past progressive or conditional, but I couldn't figure out how to explain this to another English speaker. Perfect explanation, Mandaly!