Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 18:21:15 -0800 From: "Alan S. Kaye" Subject: Re: The great California freeway isogloss revisited Re Sali Mufwene's comment on 'watching (the) TV': Watching the tube, the boob tube, the box, etc. = watching the TV (via simple lexical replacement). This is slangier: cf.: He's watching TV again. He's watching the TV again. (more derision here). No wonder everyone says that the #1 error in non-native speakers' English is with the def. article. --Alan Kaye-- akaye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]