Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 16:31:38 -0500
From: Ditra Henry
Subject: Re: what had happen was....

Recently, I have been hearing this phrase when someone is
responding to various questions such as where were you? what happened to
you? I thought you were going to....? and on occassions where someon is explaining their reasoning for certain answers.
reasons for answer etc.

Is this a common nonstandard form or is it becoming more common recently?
Are there any studies out there on this construction? Where can I find

Ditra B. Henry
ESL Coordinator
Project Success
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
ph. 773-583-4050 xt.3162