lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Wed Jun 12 20:47:17 UTC 2002
--On Wednesday, June 12, 2002 1:32 pm -0700 FRITZ JUENGLING
<juengling_fritz at SALKEIZ.K12.OR.US> wrote:
> Here is a note from our person in charge of student 'stuff' at our high
> All students who pre-purchased a yearbook will have theirs delivered
> directly to their homes from the yearbook company. Last chance to get
> your yearbook inserts today after school, for those who have already
> purchased yearbooks.
> Any comments on 'pre-purchased'? Why not just 'purchased' ? Of course,
> I understand it, but it looks and sounds very odd to me, especially since
> she switched to 'already purchased' late rin the message.
Pre-purchased because you're not actually in possession of the thing you
purchased yet--ownership of the yearbook is still vague (the payer 'owns'
it without having it). I'd probably prefer 'all students who've paid for
Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
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