[Ads-l] to truth-tell

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY CCDC AVMC (USA) 0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Wed Dec 2 14:40:06 UTC 2020

> Although if we stick to the transitive verb construction (as I suspect JL would have us do), 
> we have the nice minimal pair:
> "to tell *the* truth” vs. “to tell *a* lie”
> —lots of alternatives to the truth, but no alternative truths (or facts)

Which is why the "tell my truth", "tell her truth" construction is so rankling, I suppose.

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