Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 12:01:30 +0100
From: Aaron Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LING.ED.AC.UK
Subject: Naive queries?
First of all, I think Terry's idea of letting the students on the
list is great for all sorts of reasons.
Secondly, I have a "naive" question myself.
Lately, I've come across the term "in future" in American
language. It was in a recent novel I'm reading by an American author. A
few days ago, some lawyer or another concerned with the Federal
campaigning case said something about being concerned with an item in
When I first came to Scotland, "in future" sounded odd to me, but
I took it to be a dialect syntactic variation. As a General American
speaker, I would have never said "in future", rather "in the future".
"We will be allowing undergraduates on the list in (the) future",
for example. The the is obligatory for me.
Is this something that's changing in American speech, or did I
miss that day in school?
Aaron E. Drews aaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ling.ed.ac.uk
Ph.D. Candidate http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron
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