LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||06/AGO/2009 3:14 PM|
I was taught not to use if after a name ending in "S". Very simple, and very wrong.
Grammarians disagree about a lot of things. Some six or seven years ago, I had three English professors who loved to argue about grammar. Two plus two equal four. That doesn't leave much to argue about. However, grammar is not a science. It's more like art appreciation or music. Often someone will post something in the forum that he has found "in a book". The implication is that if someone has written something, it must be true. Even experts disagree. Perhaps, in fact, they disagree more than anyone else.
My understanding is that grammar is a range of observations of how an educated person speaks. Different people observe different things differently. And what is observed today may not be observed five years from now.
Or am I all wet?
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