A descriptive grammar of huastec (Potosino dialect) by Edmonson,Barbara Wedemeyer

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2 Views on grammar The word ‘grammar’ tends to evoke strong feelings among linguists and non-linguists alike. An internet search containing the words ‘good grammar’ provides numerous links to guides about the correct usage and several articles in popular newspapers which debate the subject. In the UK, it is a subject never very far from the news. For instance, the recent government decision to introduce a spelling, grammar and punctuation test at primary schools produced a whole series of opinion pieces and online ‘tests’ for readers to check their own knowledge of grammar.

A) Do you see who I see? B) Do you see whom I see? html) The answer given as correct is the second one, the reason being that: ‘Who I see’ should be ‘whom I see’. This is because ‘whom’ is the object in the subsidiary clause ‘whom I see’, and must therefore be in the accusative or objective case. html) Such an answer is fairly typical of such stories. A ‘rule’ is given in semi-technical language, usually with some reference to Latin. A closer look at this pair of sentences, however, raises some interesting questions: Intuition suggests that, at least in spoken contexts, the first sentence feels correct.

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