From: Stevens, Charles C (Charles.Stevens@unisys.com)
Date: Thu Jun 04 1998 - 14:32:08 EDT
On 04 June 1998 at 10:51AM, Jonathan Robie suggests:
<<The following sentences do not seem grammatical to me:
> ** 7. He has arisen and is dead.
> ?? 8. He has arisen but is dead.
> ** 9. Your sins have been forgiven and you are a slave to sin.
> ?? 10. Your sins have been forgiven but you are a slave to sin.
> Actually, maybe 8 and 10 are heavily paradoxical, rather than strictly
> ungrammatical. >>
A nit to some; rather a hot-button for me:
Maybe we're using different definitions of "grammatical", but I believe
these all to be legitimate *grammatical* sentences in English;
"semantically meaningful", "rhetorically consistent" and "grammatical"
are different issues.
-Chuck Stevens [SMTP: Charles.Stevens@unisys.com]
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