Why subjunctive?

Ronald Butters ronbutters at AOL.COM
Thu Aug 12 23:25:15 UTC 2010

If Wilson and I agree, the rest of you must be wrong.

On Aug 12, 2010, at 7:19 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 3:09 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>> the prescriptive edict
> There's a prescriptive edict WRT this? Who knew? Grammar has really
> passed me by. IAC, I've always used intuition, irregardless of whether
> it be prescriptively or idiomatically correct, in the opinion of
> others.
> FWIW, in this case, I agree with Ron, for no more essential reason
> than that what he says is, IMO, "correct," whatever that word may mean
> in the context of a discussion of the description of a living language
> by its native speakers. Perhaps, "This is what *I* prefer, but I don't
> have a problem with *your* preference to have it be some other way."
> Unless you be working class, poor, immigrant or otherwise lacking
> command of the "standard" language, of course. The purity of our noble
> native tongue, sufficient unto the needs of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and
> Dubya must be preserved.
> As the last is reputed to have observed (here, I depend upon my own
> translation of an unknown-to?/by?-me English original that had been
> translated into Spanish):
> "Most of America's imports come from overseas."
> That's true on several - or should that be, "so many"? - levels.
> -Wilson
> --
> -Wilson
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