Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 09:18:35 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Think Different

Methinks Don doth think rightly.


it can be blamed for the widespread loss of
abverbial inflection that is occurring in English.

Au contraire. The opposite is happening. Two or three generations ago,
when traditional/historical grammar was taught and studied in English
departments, the adjectival complement was not thought anathema to logical
thinking. People could even slice their onions thin for their hamburgers.
Now, the people who feel badly about others' grammar insist that one must
slice onions thinly, in a thin manner, if one wants them to come out thin.
Or is it come out thinly? Yes, I do mean that they feel badly. "Think
different" has an adjectival complement, not an adverbial qualifier.
"Think differently" has an adverb.


Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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