Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 00:23:29 -0700
From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM
Subject: not much of an answer
Doug Bayer scripsit:
Do you have a simple explanation for the OF in these
"how long of a drive" constructions?
Many speakers object strongly to the intrusive "of."
Yet to my ear its quite natural. I'd love to learn
How about this: it's the partitive "of" in "a pint of beer"
or the French "des cailloux" (`some pebbles', lit. `of the pebbles').
Not much of an answer, I admit.
Nancy Dray says:
[...] So, how can we encourage other movie directors and
TV producers to check this sort of thing (and pay us, too)? [...]
I dunno, but I can think of no end of subjects
on which I wish they would consult *some*body.
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