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Re: interesting english syntax

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 15:34
--- In, Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@M...> wrote:

>Is Roger's example grammatical in German: "Kommt Heinrich, werden
>die Begegnung beginnen"? (It sounds OK to me, but my last German >class was very long ago.) Or is it grammatical in any other natlang?
If that example is grammatically correct in German I should think it would have to be "Komme Heinrich, werden..." From all the examples cited it seems as though that construction only works when a time word is the subject: come spring, come the time when, come next year, etc. BTW, I almost always use that inverted word order in my everyday speech instead of an "if" clause (Had I but known...), but then, I'm rather old-fashioned in some ways. Charlie


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>