[Marxism] Schoolmarm grammar
d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Fri Dec 28 20:08:08 MST 2012
And I'm also wrong about DIVE which is a regular verb (preterit DIVED)
which developed, in some British and American dialects, the preterit
DOVE by analogy with DRIVE/DROVE. "Dove" exists in some British dialects
and has become the standard past tense in much of Canada. In the United
States DIVED and DOVE are both widespread as preterit. "Dove" is
regarded as "rural but accepted" in Northern England, Scotland and Ireland .
Surprisingly, if you google "I dove into" you will get 2 690 000
results, and if you google "I dived into" you will get 1 010 000
results. This seems weird, given that a majority of dictionaries (both
US and GB), while allowing DOVE as "correct written English", still
prefer DIVED as the better alternative.
I'm not even going into the DREAM/DREAMT/DREAMED or SHINE/SHONE/SHINED
Yep. I really must learn more about the history of the English language
before telling other people what is "correct" and what is not.
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