A Killer Problem

Consider the two sentences I presented in yesterday’s essay:

Now consider how a character could build either those sentences. Let’s say that the character is executing a role that includes the verb ‘command’ as an option. How will the WordSockets for that option be specified? They change with the value of the secondary verb! It’s a computable problem, revising the WordSockets on the fly, but it strikes me as way too tricky for me to program. And the scripting for all those options really runs away quickly. Think of all the verbs that could be used in the secondary clause slot.

Is this problem intrinsic to the flexibility I want for SympolTalk? Perhaps I should create custom verbs merging the primary and secondary clauses. The verb ‘command’ is replaced by ‘command-reveal’, ‘command-give’, and so forth. Is that practical?