the problem is is that...

hstahlke at ATT.NET hstahlke at ATT.NET
Mon Dec 17 21:47:41 UTC 2001


Are you also dealing with "the problem being is ..."?
That's the one I hear more often here in Central Indiana.

> This is of interest to me, since I'm working on a long-promised paper on
> this and related constructions (and I will get it to you soon,
> Arnold!).  Of course the double "is" is deliberate, and it's become
> extremely common (the other "is"s are totally unrelated and completely
> "normal" in context).

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