lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Mon Oct 30 17:43:07 UTC 2000
>This leads to an interesting spelling/spacing problem: I would write "any
>one of the students" for the partitive above, and stress the "one" in
>speech. Isn't this different from the usual one-word usage? I'd also
>distinguish between "any one of you" (again, pausing and stressing in
>speech) and "anyone among you" (with the combined, no-pause word)--but I'm
>not sure why. Sometimes I agonize over whether to spell words in this
>category as one word or two. My dictionary lists "someday" as a compound,
>though I would never use it as such; "some time/sometime" is another
>problem example. Guidelines, anyone?
I agree. It should be "any one of the students" (or "any of the
students" is ok too). This isn't an arbitrary spelling
distinction--they're different phrases. Note that you could say here
"any two of the students", but you couldn't use "any two" in places
where you can use "anyone" (*I don't know anytwo here.)
It's a little weirder with the time ones. I would only use "some
time" as a noun phrase, but sometime(s) as an adverb.
I'll give you some time to think about this, but
I'll expect you to reply sometime.
Sometimes I think I'm an idiot, but
There were some times when I was wrong.
But my word processor doesn't like "someday" at all, so I generally avoid it!
(The Eudora moodwatcher thinks this is quite an offensive message. I
hope that you haven't been offended by me calling myself a potential
M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 3AN UK
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