Tuesday, November 6, 2012
More Bits and Pieces Already Accepted in the Language
By Richard Firsten
Retired ESOL Teacher, Teacher-Trainer, Columnist
- The following have already made a niche for themselves in the language, and if you go by what descriptivists say, they’re considered acceptable in informal language:
There’s been endless books written about the Titanic.
Where’s the bargains in this flea market?
Here’s the files you asked for.
There was lots of lights we could see coming out of the woods.
There’s been some problems with starting the business.
The problem is that now it seems just about everybody uses these five in every kind of situation, informal or formal. In fact, at this rate, I won’t be surprised if there are, there were, there have been; where are; and here are just about disappear altogether from usage.
- We told him to never do that again.
I’ve told them to always use the back door for deliveries.
People getting divorced always have motives to not like their spouses.
The traditional rule for the three sentences above, based in large degree on the dictates of Bishop Robert Lowth in 18th century England, has been that you should never split an infinitive, and this rule was upheld for the most part in educated speech a generation ago. You were only supposed to say . . . Read more »