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Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jul 4 15:38:14 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM, Damien Hall <D.Hall at> wrote:
> Victor said:
> > 'First, another reversal:
> >
> > "I don't know where the two goals are going to come from, let alone one." '
> This is quite common, I think.  I can remember at least one occasion where a
> highly-educated speaker was reviewing a paper of mine and was convinced
> that I had the phrases in the frame 'X, let alone Y' the wrong way around.  I
> think there may genuinely be two standards going around as to how to use
> this collocation:  one more minority than the other, certainly, but both present.

For more on this and related reversals, see this post and comments thereon:


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