Date: Sun, 5 Dec 1993 03:34:59 -0800 From: Donald Livingston Subject: Re: some U.S. "Midland" regionalisms? The first times I heard the phrase "I'm wanting to ..." it sounded quite unnatural to my Arizona-bred ear. Almost all emotion verbs and desire verbs sounded wrong that way. But I really think there has been a shift toward using them in the progressive. It no longer sounds odd to me to hear something like, "I'm hating what's going on at the office" or more to the point "I'm hating staying up to three o'clock in the morning writing essays on vowel reduction". I might even expect to hear nowadays something like "I'm gonna be hatin' stayin' up till three o'clock tomorrow morning writing a critique of Hayes analysis of voice assimilation." And now "I'm fearing my end-of-the-quarter grade" sounds OK, too, though I don't think I would have used the progressive twenty years ago. "I'm loving it" sounds normal now, but once again, I don't think I would have said it twenty years ago. Is anyone else out there thinking that they are noticing the progressive forms becoming more common? All the best, Don.