[Ads-l] Doonesbury on participles

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 21 21:14:39 UTC 2015

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Grammatical, but usually with the meaning "This sentence is no verb",
> not "This sentence has no verb" (or even "This sentence was no verb",
> since it's generally present tense copulas that are not explicitly
> expressed).  Ellipsis of finite verbs and auxiliaries in Headline
> English is broader.

"Wits at end" < "At wit's end."

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

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