Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post:

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Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post:

I wonder if it's true that "Dryden ... spent time sticking his split infinitives back together."

James
Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post:

Why am I uncomfortable with: "... unless we're in love or just bought a motorcycle"?
And does 'instalment' have two 'l's in AmE? (consults dictionary) Ah, yes, I see it does.
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Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post:

Why am I uncomfortable with: "... unless we're in love or just bought a motorcycle"? And does 'instalment' have two 'l's in AmE? (consults dictionary) Ah, yes, I see it does.

Unless "installment" is a separate word rather than being "install" with a suffix, I'm surprised at the implication that BrE puts only one "l" in it. I haven't thought of any instance where we drop one of a terminal pair of consonants before adding a suffix, but someone will probably post a counterexample very soon.
Bill in Kentucky
=A0 I wonder if it's true that "Dryden ... spent time sticking his split infinitives back together."

It's not, and it's not what's in the book. Still, I'm happy for a high- profile review, especially a positive one, even if some details are wrong.
Jack Lynch
Why am I uncomfortable with: "... unless we're in love ... in AmE? (consults dictionary) Ah, yes, I see it does.

Unless "installment" is a separate word rather than being "install" with a suffix, I'm surprised at the implication that BrE ... one of a terminal pair of consonants before adding a suffix, but someone will probably post a counterexample very soon.

Ah, but in BrE it is often (though not always) "instal" with a suffix.

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Interesting blook review in today's Washington Post:

Why am I uncomfortable with: "... unless we're in love or just bought a motorcycle"?

I think "bought" is the simple past, not the past participle, which may make it a little easier to take.
Unless "installment" is a separate word rather than being "install" ... suffix, but someone will probably post a counterexample very soon.

Ah, but in BrE it is often (though not always) "instal" with a suffix.

Like "instil" and "enrol" and other single/double L words.

The author of the book under review, Jack Lynch, is very nice. I think he may have posted here long ago; what I remember for sure is that he kept a useful website.

Best Donna Richoux
Ah, but in BrE it is often (though not always) "instal" with a suffix.

Like "instil" and "enrol" and other single/double L words. The author of the book under review, Jack Lynch, is very nice. I think he may have posted here long ago; what I remember for sure is that he kept a useful website.

Hmmm. I had never noticed that. Does this apply with "ed" and "ing", too? "Enroled" looks like it should be the past tense of "enrole". If you got a part in a play, you would be enroled.
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