Ten rules to becoming a Python community member.

MRAB python at mrabarnett.plus.com
Tue Aug 16 21:03:53 CEST 2011


On 16/08/2011 19:37, Martin P. Hellwig wrote:
> 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.
>
English _is_ my native language, and I agree with you.

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

> 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).
>
Correct.

> 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 :-)
>



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