debate on "you did good"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Aug 17 15:25:49 UTC 2001

This is close to an interpretation which would parse "You did X" as

You did (something which was) X.

which I like. X would have to be an adj in this interpretation.

Just like

You ate something bad.

Not the criticism of your eating skills in

You ate something badly.


>My (innocent) assumption was that "you did..." was just some frozen phrase
>and had nothing to do with the "good" vs. "well" problem.  That's why we also
>you did big
>you did bad
>you did wrong
>you did stupid (although I've only heard this one twice and I found it
>strange both times)
>Douglas S. Bigham
>Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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