"is is"

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Wed Jan 31 18:47:25 UTC 2001

"D. Ezra Johnson" <ezra_50 at HOTMAIL.COM> writes:

>>"I thought that knowing who Tartaglia is is a requirement for
>>joining this list".  [Tartaglia was a Medieval Italian
>>mathematician.]  Is this sentence grammatical?

>IMHO, grammatical beyond question, although prosodically somewhat
>challenging to the reader.

IMH idiolect, ungrammatical, but for a different reason. "Think" has to
agree in tense with the clause following it.

For me too, but that was beside the point.

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