Re: [WAYYY OT] Begs the question

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]


On 03/22/2011 09:17 PM, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> Even more OT: since we're talking about English grammar and orthography,
> there are certain errors that tend to crop up on this list (and on
> others of course), to wit:
> 1) This looks like an error?
> 2) How do I do this.
> Sadly, they are often committed by those who would seem to be native
> English speakers. People, informality is fine and I have no problem with
> it, but a question in written English has to be grammatically structured
> as a question and not a statement (error 1) and *must* conclude with a
> '?' (error 2). Neither of these is optional, e.g. you can't convert a
> statement to a question merely by sticking a '?' on the end. So the
> correct forms of the above would be:
> 1) Does this look like an error?
> 2) How do I do this?

When viewed as single sentences what you've said makes sense. 

However, when viewed as part of a larger piece of work the sentence
"This looks like an error?" may indeed be just fine and dandy.   It
would be a shorten form of "This looks like an error to you?" where the
"to you" is implied by the broader context of the larger work.

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is
not original and the part that is original is not good. -- Samuel
Johnson 葛斯克 愛德華 / 台北市八德路四段

Attachment: signature.asc
Description: OpenPGP digital signature

users mailing list
[email protected]
To unsubscribe or change subscription options:

[Index of Archives]     [Current Fedora Users]     [Fedora Desktop]     [Fedora SELinux]     [Yosemite News]     [Yosemite Photos]     [KDE Users]     [Fedora Tools]     [Fedora Docs]

  Powered by Linux