Re: interesting english syntax
|Date:||Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 15:34|
--- In email@example.com, Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@M...> wrote:
>Is Roger's example grammatical in German: "Kommt Heinrich, werdenwir
>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.