Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 00:23:29 -0700 From: Anton Sherwood 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 > a defense... 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. Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\* DASher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]