regional "most the CN"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Dec 15 21:01:23 UTC 2009

At 12/15/2009 03:19 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>One of our graduate students, from Cleveland, reports that he has
>said "most the books" (= 'most of the books') all his life, and it
>shows up with 1.9 raw g-hits.  Googling also pulls up "some the
>books" (2.9 million) and "many the books", although Mike (from
>Cleveland) doesn't find those possible, only "most".

In one construction, I might utter "many the books have I read"
(generally, or about some topic).  But I can't imagine saying "most
the books" or "some the books".  I would have to say "most/some of
the books I have read ...". (Raised in the Bronx.)


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