"should have done"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 12 19:43:50 UTC 2005

At 11:07 AM -0500 12/8/05, Orin Hargraves wrote:
>My impression is that Brits always prefer some form of "do" as a placeholder
>in this sort of anaphoric construction, just as Americans prefer to leave it
>out -- I also address the matter in my book on Am/Brit differences under
>"Variable Ellipsis of Predicates."
>Perhaps there is a slight parallel (of prolixity) in Brits' habit of using
>possessive adj + pronoun in constructions where Americans use only a
>possessive pronoun, i.e., Brit "Your one is bigger than my one" as opposed to
>Yank "yours is bigger than mine."
No no--the American version is "mine is bigger than yours".


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