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Re: Newbie says hi

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Friday, November 1, 2002, 18:30
bn wrote:
> > --- Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> wrote: > > > > Is it a more-or-less consciously created auxlang, or > > some sort of "organic" > > lingua franca that got promoted to the language of > > the powers that be*? > > > > * Why is it "the powers that be", and not the > > "powers that are"? > > > >subjunctive. i imagine it could be paraphrased 'such >powers as exist', using the subjunctive to mark >generality. not sure if this is a native germanic >useage or a nicking of the latin one
Nice to see you unenlightened anglophones keeping the subjunctive at least a little bit alive! :-) Andreas (who to his surprise has started using alot more subjunctives in Swedish after studying German ...) _________________________________________________________________ Get a speedy connection with MSN Broadband. Join now!


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