Fwd: a request

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Dec 13 17:31:59 UTC 2006

"Mainstream" vernacular ?  Good luck !  Except as part of a general narrative in the historical present, this usage must be extremely uncommmon.


Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OHIO.EDU> wrote:
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David Sutcliffe asked me to forward this request, on past tense "see." I
know Kurath or someone maps it in the Eastern U.S. but don't have my
sources here. I assume it's still common in the UK too. Can anyone help?

David's no longer on the list, but you can reply to all of us and copy to
him, as above.

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>How are you doing?
>Could you do me a favor and ask the ADS list something. I would like have
>to have a citation (with place, date, etc) of past tense "see" used in
>mainstream American English vernacular, as in "I see her yesterday" - if
>anyone could help me with that.
>David S.

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