LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||08/OUT/2005 12:18 AM|
|Assunto:||To forget (place)|
Rick, I wonder if this is a British English rule. As I mentioned, I found nothing about it in American English grammar books. (Of course, I didn't find anything in them about "can not" a few weeks ago either!)
We hear "grammar rules" and we think that grammar is a science. Obviously, it isn't. I recall three university professors who constantly argued about points of grammar. Instead of "grammar rules", maybe we should be saying "grammar observations". This is what I observed, and this is what I believe the rule to be. Grammar seems to be more an art form than any science I can think of.
Back in the 1960s I remember being told that "ain't" was going to be accepted soon as correct English. I think they were wrong. In July I heard from professors at PUC using it, but the sound of the word hurt my ears. I can't imagine an English teacher in the States accepting it as correct English.
Thanks for your time, Rick. I appreciate it!
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