CHAT: return of the long-lost (was: RE: THEORY/USAGE:
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 28, 2002, 13:19|
Tristan McLeay scripsit:
> > along with "Susan suggested that she play/should
> > play Ophelia"
> Whose is the 'play', whose the 'should play'?
> > and "The Queen are raising their rates".
> What does this one mean? How does it translate into
> the other's English? Is Queen there the monarch or
> something different? Are rates there taxes or
> something else?
"The Queen" is an insurance company. American: "The Queen is
raising its rates". If it were the monarch, of course, it
would be "The Queen is raising her rates" (for what? hideous thought!).
> Is it /just@/ even before words starting with a vowel?
Yes, but of course /justu/ is not incorrect, just careful speech.
There is no automatic alternation, at least not in my dialect.
> I understand you people say 'hafta always'.
/jV?/, or as they say in New England /'ej@/.
John Cowan <jcowan@...> http://www.reutershealth.com
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