the problem is is that...

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Dec 18 22:54:05 UTC 2001

I don't think I've heard that one, but the related  "the reason being is
..." is consistently used by a former student from Dayton, as well as by a
few others I've randomly taken note of.  I'd appreciate comments by others
on these two constructions!

At 09:47 PM 12/17/01 +0000, you wrote:
>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).
> >

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