Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 18:56:37 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: Re: go/come with On Tue, 25 Oct 1994, M. Lynne Murphy wrote: > leaving out the object in "go/come with" is typical of northern > illinois and other parts of the midwest, and presumed by many to be > from germanic influence. > > the phenomenon is much more widespread here in south african english, > where, e.g., i could offer you lunch and ask "have you had?" > It's common in Minnesota, which certainly does have German influence. It apparently never caught on in the parts of New York State that used to be Dutch-speaking. Something else I wonder about --- "If he would have" where standard English would be "If he had." It's common in Minnesota -- is it from German, and/or one of the Scandinavian languages? Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]