Volokh on prescriptivism and "assertionism"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 22 21:24:39 UTC 2011

On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> quoted:
> The "whether" indicates that what follows is speculative, _requiring_ that the verb be rendered in the subjunctive mood.

"Requiring"? As Volokh asserts, merely an assertion.

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