Date: Wed, 20 Mar 1996 07:25:47 -0800 From: "J.Russell King" Subject: Re: may/might distinction >Of course, asking about whether or not your lack of a distinction was >"dialect" or "solecism" was a bit of a joke--the lack of a distinction >seems to be widespread among educated speakers in the English-speaking >world. > >I have collected over the past twenty years numerous print >examples from well-educated people of sentences like, >"If he didn't have to run against Anderson as well as Nixon, Hubert >Humphrey may have been elected president of the United States." No this doesn't sound quite right. Not at all. The third candidate in that race was Wallace, not Anderson.