Was that he was guilty obvious?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 12 19:25:03 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Randy Alexander
<strangeguitars at gmail.com> wrote:

> "Was that he was guilty obvious?"

> Do you find the above sentence grammatical or ungrammatical?

It sounds grammatical to me, FWIW. Essentially, like a
more-couth/more-academic/classier/more-gentile way of phrasing,

"Was it obvious that he was guilty?"

emphasizing _obvious_ in both cases.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once that we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
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