Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 09:26:32 -0500
From: Molly Dickmeyer dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JBLSMTP.PHL.LRPUB.COM
Subject: Re: Lexical choice? -Reply
"Today I have to do the___"
I use all of the above interchangeably, and somehow, the "the" must
be there, for me.
If I were going to a laundermat (laundromat...I've seen both, but
this is another question), I'd say "Today I have to go to the
laundermat" the implication being that there's no other reason to go
there than to do laundry (except maybe scope for dates, as someone
else suggested). I think that for me, what constitutes the most work
gets the most emphasis.
Thanks for all your responses to my chinese menu query. I really
needed some chuckles this week.
dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]phl.lrpub.com