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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'?
American/Brit respectively.
> > 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@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_