when and if

Geoff Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Tue Jan 28 13:39:46 UTC 2003

On the radio this morning I heard the following, which seems to be grist
for the mill:

 >When you hear [the song of the day], be caller number five and you will
win tickets to the Doo-Wop Dreams show.

For additional bonus points, what is the tense/mood/mode/whatever of the
verb form 'be' in the above sentence?


Geoffrey S. Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
Computing and Information Technology/Linguistics Program

Department of English
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, 48202

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