Gone and V-ed

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Nov 7 19:06:41 UTC 2000

At 01:26 PM 11/7/00 -0500, you wrote:
>On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Johanna N Franklin wrote:
> >     I'm more used to hearing it as "...went and...," obviously, but I
> > have heard "gone" too (growing up in southern Illinois, rather rural).
> > This construction was mainly used to discuss someone doing something bad.
>"Went and..." (as well as "gone and...") sounds very natural to me,
>too. (mid-Michigan rural/industrial hybrid).
>-- Steve K.

Both are familiar to me too (rural/small town Minnesota), though I
associate them with my childhood style of speech (like that of
Scout).  They imply an elliptical "ahead" too:  "She went (ahead) and did
it," as if it wasn't foreseen or expected (not necessarily bad).  Isn't
this also a bit like a serial verb construction in which the first verb
isn't necessarily action-based?  Cf. "Let's go see."  "Let's go do
it."  "Let's go drown our dinner in syrup . . . ."

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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