Re: (longish) The Mysterious Disappearance of Verb Aspect

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Apr 14 1998 - 18:10:53 EDT

At 5:21 PM -0500 4/14/98, Don Wilkins wrote:
>At 04:56 PM 4/14/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>But enough. I'll not carry this on any further. I just didn't want to let
>>the misrepresentation of the past perfect stand.
>Carl, I sent off my comment just minutes before yours, so please forgive me
>for inadvertently prolonging the discussion. I'll try to be more careful in
>the future. You are doing a fine job of managing the list.

Thanks very much, Don. No, I don't think yours duplicated mine, and I'm not sure we've seen the end of this. I'm very tempted to say directly to George that this is not a matter of opinion but of demonstrable fact (and I have demonstrated it, I think)--that his argument is the equivalent of trying to re-establish a geocentric view of the solar system or reaffirming that the earth is flat--but I cannot simply squelch him in my position. I appreciate your addition very much. George doesn't mind being alone with his notion, and I don't know whether he minds making an ass out of himself, but he probably doesn't realize that he's doing so.

Thanks again, Carl

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