Date: Fri, 26 Dec 1997 13:21:46 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: WEIRD EXISTENTIAL I recently had a two-hour conversation with my real-estate-lending agent. He has a peculiar syntactic form that I wonder if is just an idiosyncrasy or if others are familir with it as well. He begins sentences with IS THAT used as an existential, as in "Okay. Is that we have to see copies of your 1996 tax returns." "Well, now, thats done. Is that we need to calculate your gross income for 1997." This guy is a native speaker. Born in New York. Is he weird or what?