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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
John Cowan
> 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. --And.