Date: Fri, 22 Sep 1995 11:48:00 EST
From: Electronic Products Magazine 0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM
Subject: acceptability/grammaticality judgments, please
Here is my assessment of Bob's sentences:
1. Kim and Dale think that each other is the best.
OK. There are two clauses: "Kim and Dale" is the subject of the first,
think the verb, that the conjunction before the second clause, each
other is the subject of the second and is singular, is is the second-
clause verb (a copula), and the best is the object. Of course, since
is is a copula, the last clause would be as correct, though awkward,
as "the best is each other."
2. Who does she think said ate the cake?
Something is missing here. "Who does she think" is OK, by the above
analysis. The rest is confusing: "Who does she think ate the cake?"
would be OK. "Who does she think said, `I ate the cake'?" would also
be OK. However, what function does "said" perform in the current
Leonard Schiefer lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mcimail.com
Chief Copy Editor
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Garden City, NY