When someone from Britain speaks, Americans hear a "British accent"...

Richie Hindle richie at entrian.com
Fri Oct 7 15:42:12 CEST 2005


[Richie]
> Your previous post to this thread was chock-full of split nominatives: "The
> Hollywood voice", "the specific regional accent", "the English-speaking
> world", "the original French".  And you call yourself a grammarian.

[Steve]
> I am presuming this post was meant to be a joke?

It was.

> No smileys, though, so you force us to make up our own minds.

Yes.  8-)

> Or is "the green tomato" also unacceptable?

It ought to be considered unacceptable by people who think that "to
correctly apply" is unacceptable, which is the point that Stephen was
making:

> *Real* pedants will know that English is not Latin, does not follow the
> grammatical rules of Latin, and that just because split infinitives are
> impossible -- not forbidden, impossible -- in Latin is no reason to forbid
> them in English.

Split nominatives like "the green tomato" are also impossible in Latin, but
no-one seems to object to their use in English.

-- 
Richie Hindle
richie at entrian.com



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