the problem is is that

Lynne Murphy lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Mon Dec 17 19:07:28 UTC 2001

Someone just wrote (and I deleted too soon!) that 'the problem is is that'
gets 700 hits on (I think) Altavista.  I tried using Altavista for exact
word matches a while ago and found that even though I'd put the words into
quote marks, it still ignored the words that are not supposed to 'count' in
a search, like 'the' and 'is'.  I wrote to them complaining about this, so
maybe it's fixed, but I'd be cautious about trusting that number with out
checking the websites it's 'hitting'--especially the ones that are lower on
the list.


Dr M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH

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