Weird comparative now fit to print
thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 22 19:56:58 UTC 2008
On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 3:28 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky
<zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
> plus several types that MWDEU treats as syntactic blends:
> _hardly/scarcely/barely_ Clause ... than Clause (Hardly had I
> entered the room than the children began screaming) [deprecated, but
> at least verging on standard; "when" is prescribed instead of "than"
> -- but for "no sooner", "when" is prescribed and "than" deprecated]
> disjunction of equative and comparative: as good as or _better_
> than X [deprecated as non-parallel, but verging on standard; in any
> case, this is just straightforward comparison as far as "than" is
Perseveration error? I'd've expected "no sooner ... THAN" to be
prescribed, and "no sooner...WHEN" deprecated.
> clearly, to look at the many google hits for "later than sooner" (and
> removing the cases of "better later than sooner") and the gigantic
> number of hits for "sooner than later" (again, with "better"
> excluded), plus some for "earlier than later". and a scattering of
> others, like:
> Three times in the washer and my favorite jeans starts to become
> droopy in the ****. Yes you are probably right. Most of my clothes get
> bigger than smaller. ...
> there are even a few cases not involving comparatives:
> You liberals pick and choose just like some conversatives when you
> want big than smallgovt.. The gov't shouldn't be getting involved with
> Marriage. ...
> I have to be where I can work with something small than big to
> build up my own self. It isn't a trick.
I see typoing "then" => "than" as a pretty good candidate cause for
the second and third of these, and possibly the first as well.
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