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wkerby

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A Pome for Phill

You bolloxed eubolics,
ebonics, dialects,
I wonders you walks totally erects,
Quick and clear is real good
and don't need no corrects.

wkerby July 14, 2008, 5:05am

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An infinitive is not the "to" form of the verb, as eighth-grade, prescriptivist English teachers proclaim, but the uninflected form, without attribution to time or individuals - thus infinite-ive. "To" helps nominalize the infinitive: "To eat is to live."
"And" has become another nominalizer as in, 'try and eat some spinach!' A gerund works nicely, too. "Try eating some spinach!"

wkerby July 12, 2008, 9:58am

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Such an expression is common among native speakers of German. In German the present perfect is always the preferred usage in conversation over the "simple" past. I suspect it is more abundant in archaic English.

wkerby July 12, 2008, 8:29am

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