Watermelons are long to grow

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 7 18:18:07 UTC 2010

At 1:12 PM -0500 8/7/10, Jim Parish wrote:
>Laurence Horn wrote:
>>  And FWIW, there's a construction I've always puzzled at:  "X takes
>>  getting used to" (where "time" is swallowed up the way it sort of is
>>  in your construction).
>Hm. I've always assumed that the elided noun was closer to "effort"
>than to "time".
Makes sense as well.  There's also "takes some getting used to" or
even "takes a certain amount of getting used to", which make is seem
as though nothing's been elided.


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