[Ads-l] An illustration of the "new syntax"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 5 17:47:09 UTC 2015

The number of the nominal nearest to the left of the verb governs the
number of the verb.

>From an NYT MyAlert:

"The number of
_predators do_
not increase as rapidly as the number of

 _prey does_."

The number of the subject no longer matters. Things ain't what they used to

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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