Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Mon Apr 16 15:33:48 UTC 2001

It took me a long time to unlearn the shall/will, should/would rule that was
drummed in to me in school in England. While we're on the subject of
prescriptivist rules, here's a quote from today's New York Times:

"None of the shark attacks in Florida have involved people on shark- feeding
expeditions, though one woman in the Keys was bitten on the calf last year
by a nurse shark after crew members on a boat tossed scraps of fish into the

Would it sound stilted to write "none of the shark attacks in Florida has

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