for to

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Nov 29 22:12:53 UTC 2001

>For a time, i was forbidden to offer grammaticality judgments in one of my
>undergrad syntax classes. (Something about accepting "for to" as a
>preposition was the straw that finally broke the camel's back, IIRC.)
>David Bowie                                   Department of Linguistics
>Assistant Professor                            Brigham Young University
>db.list at                         
>    The opinions stated here are not necessarily those of my employer

Offer this use of the infinitive marker "for to," heard from George W. last
August and gleefully written down (because I like it):  "[the government]
trusts citizens ... for to meet their health care needs."  Good South
Midland usage, if a bit archaic.

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