Last week I left you saying we’d consider language terminology more closely and the problem of learning a language too prescriptively. It may suit some people, but quite often puts more people off. (Here at ETC we are very ‘Descriptive Grammar’ oriented by the way.) Having last week considered the “first-person inclusive let-imperative.”!!! I’d like to remind you about the famous ’tense’ noted by the late, great Douglas Adams in his book ‘The Restaurant at the End of the Universe’, the follow up to ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’.
On the subject of time travel, he says:
“Most readers get as far as the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional before giving up. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy skips lightly over this tangle of academic abstraction, pausing only to note that the term “Future Perfect” has been abandoned since it was discovered not to be.”
Next week, like, as we roll into August, like, I’m sure I’ll find something, like, to thrill you with! Until then, like, keep, like, enjoying the weather. It’s like, wet!