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Carmen L. Abruzzi wrote, in part:
Wrong. Singular they causes NUMBER DISAGREEMENT. It is not comparable to the auxiliary "have",

Right! Auxiliary "have" causes SYNTAX DISAGREEMENT.

Um, are you sure "syntax disagreement" should be in capitals? I mean, is it really as serious as NUMBER DISAGREEMENT? NUMBER AGREEMENT is, after all, what keeps English afloat. Lose NUMBER AGREEMENT and we'll lose all ability to communicate.

johnF
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Carmen L. Abruzzi wrote, in part:

Right! Auxiliary "have" causes SYNTAX DISAGREEMENT.

Um, are you sure "syntax disagreement" should be in capitals? I mean, is it really as serious as NUMBER DISAGREEMENT? NUMBER AGREEMENT is, after all, what keeps English afloat. Lose NUMBER AGREEMENT and we'll lose all ability to communicate.

Me agree with this points.

Cheers, Harvey
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Yes, I suppose it is.

Wrong. Singular they causes NUMBER DISAGREEMENT. It is not comparable tothe auxiliary "have", nor to the singular/plural "you". It is a uniqueproblem.

Aren't I unique, too?
Adrian
John Flynn wrote

Carmen L. Abruzzi wrote, in part: Um, are you sure ... Lose NUMBER AGREEMENT and we'll lose all ability to communicate.

Me agree with this points.

Oh my. You've got all sorts of DISAGREEMENT going on there, dear. Except with the ostensible point being made.

johnF
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John Flynn wrote

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Me agree with this points.

Oh my. You've got all sorts of DISAGREEMENT going on there, dear. Except with the ostensible point being made.

Ostensible (adj.) Capable of creating tension in the east.

Cheers, Harvey
A victim of cross-group habit contamination...
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Yes, I suppose it is.

Wrong. Singular they causes NUMBER DISAGREEMENT. It is not comparable to the auxiliary "have", nor to the singular/plural "you". It is a unique problem.

Wrong! It isn't a problem.

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nor to the singular/plural "you". It is a unique problem.

Very unique. In fact, it's probably the most unique problem of all.

That would make the uniquest, right?
That would make the uniquest, right?

The most singularly uniquest.

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Yes, I suppose it is.

Wrong. Singular they causes NUMBER DISAGREEMENT. It is not comparable to the auxiliary "have", nor to the singular/plural "you". It is a unique problem.

I wasn't aware that "crippled" and "flawed" had such narrow scope.
More germane, I was teasing throughout that exchange. There is no crippling or flawing at all if we use, as we should, the auxiliaries "got" or "gotten"(1) where appropriate:

I have netted birds in my back yard.
I have got netted birds in my back yard.
I have earned income sufficient to my needs.
I have got earned income sufficient to my needs.
But the poster having first set the presumed likeness a common construction with ambiguity then, almost at once, having run away from its implications, I thought I'd let it go, for amusement value. I was and am much surprised that the obvious "got" answer was never, so far as I saw, supplied.
(1) Apparently Rightpondians disdain this very useful term, which is handy for distinguishing a state from a progression:

He has got a lot of money. (his status)
He has gotten a lot of money. (his accomplishment)

Or is that not so?

Cordially,
Eric Walker
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