LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||17/FEV/2013 6:12 PM|
|Assunto:||uso de shall|
The nature of the beast is that all grammar rules refer to past observations. Grammar means, at least to me, "this is how an educated person has been observed writing/speaking." It wasn't long ago that there were actors and actresses, for example, but more and more people are using actor to refer to both sexes. In the 1960s were were told that ain't would soon be accepted despite what grammar books said about the matter. However, it hasn't been accepted.
Maybe we need to imitate the old adage of "pra os ingleses ver".
This is correct, and this is how people really say and write it.
I'm reminded of a biology instructor years ago who, when asked to explain some biological fact, told us, "Don't learn it. Memorize it! It's going to be on the test!"
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