Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 22:28:00 -0500
From: RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: 'going to'
I've been meaning to write and thank you for your kind correction to my
French grammar, but I wanted to try to figure out first why I wrote what I
wrote (i.e., "Je vais a' laver mes chats" and "Je vais a' me laver les
mains," neither of which should have "a'"). Obviously, interference from
English "I am going to wash my hands," etc., would lead the native speaker of
English to assume that French also had the 'to' morpheme. However, I learned
my French entirely from books, so I suspect that at least at one time I knew
that in French one says "Je vais + INF" and not *"Je vais a' +INF". I think
that what happened is that Spanish interferred--in Spanish one says, "Voy a
estudiar"; I learned what Spanish I know years AFTER I learned French. I
believe that the Spanish interferred more than the English!