Ten rules to becoming a Python community member.

Martin P. Hellwig martin.hellwig at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 20:37:49 CEST 2011


On 16/08/2011 18:51, Prasad, Ramit wrote:
>> Incorrect past tense usage of "used to":
>> """ I "used to" wear wooden shoes """
>
>> Incorrect description using "used to":
>> """ I have become "used to" wearing wooden shoes """
>
>> Correct usage of "used to":
>> """ Wooden shoes can be "used to" torture someone """
>
> Double you tee eff? Maybe this is a cultural language difference, but I believe all of the above are correct. Well, I am not sure about the middle one but the other two are valid.
>
Well admittedly English isn't my native language, But indeed all 
sentences seem correct to me.

With the first sentence meaning: in the past I wore wooden shoes, but 
presently I do not.

With the second sentence meaning: in the past I was not used to (i.e. 
uncomfortable, hey bonus points!) wearing wooden shoes, but presently I 
am used to it (although not necessarily comfortable, but at least not 
uncomfortable).

I actually can't figure out a way of saying those two sentences more 
concise or correct then it has been given.

But then again I do recognize that these are quite 'Germanic'* ways of 
constructing sentences, as in freely mixing past, present and future to 
indicate that a certain description is restricted to a specific time frame.


* For the lack of a better description, I am not a linguist, but I was 
born in Germany and I am often guilty of mixing times.

Also RR, congratualation to another troll post that turned out quite 
interesting :-)

-- 
mph



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