29.2831, Qs: English Grammar and Usage Survey

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LINGUIST List: Vol-29-2831. Sat Jul 07 2018. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 29.2831, Qs: English Grammar and Usage Survey

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Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2018 13:46:46
From: Kota Nishiwaki [hot_corner_55 at hotmail.com]
Subject: English Grammar and Usage Survey

 
I am trying to write an article about the English expression ''The truth is
that ...'' I am not an English native speaker, so if it is OK, could you
distribute the following questionnaire? Thank you very much for your
cooperation.

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If you are a native speaker of English, could you help me judge the
acceptability of the following sentences? Can we say the following?
If possible, could you make some comments on each sentence? Any comments are
welcome. Please send your replies directly to my email,
hot_corner_55 at hotmail.com. Your responses will assist me in my research.

(1) The truth is that nobody knows.
(2) The truth is, nobody knows.
(3) Nobody, the truth is, knows.
(4) Nobody knows, the truth is.
(5) Truth is, nobody knows.

(6) The unvarnished truth is that nobody knows.
(7) The unvarnished truth is, nobody knows.
(8) Nobody, the unvarnished truth is, knows.
(9) Nobody knows, the unvarnished truth is.
(10) Unvarnished truth is, nobody knows.

(11) The inescapable truth is that nobody knows.
(12) The inescapable truth is, nobody knows.
(13) Nobody, the inescapable truth is, knows.
(14) Nobody knows, the inescapable truth is.
(15) Inescapable truth is, nobody knows.

(16) The whole truth is that nobody knows.
(17) The whole truth is, nobody knows.
(18) Nobody, the whole truth is, knows.
(19) Nobody knows, the whole truth is.
(20) Whole truth is, nobody knows.

Finally, could you give me the following information? Of course, the data
below is used only for the academic research.

Sex, Age, The place you are from, Job
Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Kota Nishiwaki
e-mail: hot_corner_55 at hotmail.com
 

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)



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