"fact" again

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 15 01:43:03 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM, <RonButters at aol.com> wrote:

> The sentence is just some kind of awkward syntactic blend. I think
> "fact"=20
> merely means "fact." The meaning is just, '... had not ruled out [it being
> a=
> ]=20
> fact that the ads were fake."
> Compare:
> ... police had not ruled out [it being] the prince that had spiked the
> punch=

The deletion isn't parallel, and your example can't be misunderstood in
anything like the way the BBC sentence can.

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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