Re: Present tesce copulative verbs

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Wed Sep 02 1998 - 08:45:42 EDT

At 09:36 AM 9/2/98 -0700, you wrote:
>> At 12:08 PM 9/2/98 -0400, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>> Sharon sprayed water on the plants.
>> Sharon sprayed the plants with water.
>Sharon sprayed water into the plant. [ one of those swamp plants that
> looks like a horn of plenty ]
>Sharon sprayed the plant with water. [ the one which contained the water ]
>> Carla poured lemonade into the pitcher.
>> Carla poured the pitcher with lemonade. **
>> I imagine that most people can't really give me a good explanation for why
>> the above verbs behave as they do, especially since the verbs are closely
>> related.
>> Jonathan

To which larry replied....

>Jonathan, are you sure it is the verb ?

May I just say, in connection with this whole thread (to which, honestly, I
have not paid much attention because it has nothing to do with anything-
plus- "tense" was spelled incorrectly in the subject line)....


Most sincerely,


Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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