Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 14:01:37 +0000 From: Duane Campbell Subject: Re: "is is" (formerly "as best as") At 01:28 PM 7/25/97 -0400, you wrote: > >"The problem is is there are too many sheepdogs on the board of directors." I have no problem with this, as long as the punctuation is right. "The problem is: Is you is or is you ain't my baby." > >What the reason the "as best as" thing reminded me of this is is (whew) >that I suspect "as best as" is similarly based on analogy from "to do x as >best one can/could/etc." (without the second "as"). But my complaint about this construction is the FIRST as. One does THE best one can or as WELL as one can. Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]