USAGE: yusta (was: RE: CHAT: return of the long-lost (was: RE: THEORY/USAGE: irregular
|From:||And Rosta <a-rosta@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 29, 2002, 2:22|
> And Rosta scripsit:
> > As for remembering you, used you to meet up with Colin Fine in
> > Bradford?
> BTW, this goes on the list of Brit/Am grammatical differences, along
> with "Susan suggested that she play/should play Ophelia" and
> "The Queen are raising their rates". AmE requires "Did you /just@/?"
> which is spelled "Did you used to" despite the appearance of a doubly
> marked past tense.
It is a known difference, but aux _used_ is obsolescent, though
surviving in my idiolect. For example, in the 100m word British
National Corpus, the stats are:
did you used 42
used you to 0
did he used 11
used he to 0
did she used 2
used she to 0
did they used 13
used they to 0
So a foreigner learning BrE should learn the form with DO.