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ObAUE: "Either Charles or I *do*." I suppose it's correct, because "I" takes "do," but it feels as if it ought to be "does" to go with "Charles."

I thought the rule was, in such a situation, you use the verb form that agrees with the closer subject.

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ObAUE: "Either Charles or I *do*." I suppose it's correct, ... if it ought to be "does" to go with "Charles."

I thought the rule was, in such a situation, you use the verb form that agrees with the closer subject.

I did, too. Still do. But my language instinct wants "does," no matter what the "rule" is. That's my point, such as it is. I wonder how others deal with this (or if they've even noticed it).

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I thought the rule was, in such a situation, you use the verb form that agrees with the closer subject.

I did, too. Still do. But my language instinct wants "does," no matter what the "rule" is. That's my point, such as it is. I wonder how others deal with this (or if they've even noticed it).

Your instinct tells you to say "either Charles or I does"?

O-kay.

Dena Jo
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Dena Jo (Email Removed) wrote on 04 Apr 2004:
I did, too. Still do. But my language instinct wants ... others deal with this (or if they've even noticed it).

Your instinct tells you to say "either Charles or I does"? O-kay.

I want to say that today is April 5th (in Taiwan, at least), but I'm sure Bob is aware of the date. So it must be a reference to a variant of the famous "one in three Germans" sentence, one that I haven't yet figured out. Bethatasitmay(1), the relevant portion of the sentence in question ought to read, in full, (and I'll be damned it that unnecessary first comma changes the meaning of what I've said if it is removed):
"than either Charles does or I do".
I know that "does" is a jack-of-all-trades in English, but I wasn't aware that it was a contortionist, contayjes(2), or as bouncy as a Tigger.
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And Arcadian Rises is an anagram for what, again?

No, "I gnaw a hat" and "Taiwan hag" are anagrams for "what, again?"...

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While not entirely serious about the freshman psych guess, I'm certain you're under 30...as evidence, I offer your preference for one space at the end of a sentence instead of two, which suggests you acquired your typing habits in the age of word-processors..r

I use one space after sentences, too. (I used two in my typewriter days.) Does that make me under 30?
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On 5 Apr 2004 00:31:14 GMT, CyberCypher
Right. The 'top ten' list is alphabetized, which worked quite ... list, I think Bob Cunningham needs to de-alphabetize it! :-)

Your reasoning is not easy to follow. A month ago I grouped the top 30 and showed posting volumes starting with rank 31. You were number 27, so you didn't get your posting volume, and you didn't know where in that group of 30 you would have been ranked. Now I've grouped only the top 10, so you got your posting volume and your rank. In what way do you feel deprived or inconvenienced?
I would like to see it arranged by volume instead of being alphabetized too. I am not in any kind ... suppose I ought to do that, but I post from four different accounts, all with the same handle, CyberCypher, though.

I've explained my reasons for not wanting to publish posting volumes for the most active AUE posters. I haven't decided how large to make the posting-volume-less group. I've tried 30, and recently 10. I'll probably settle on some number larger than 10 eventually.
I'm willing to set up a mailing list and e-mail full posting-volume results to posters in the top-N group. But if anyone receiving the e-mail list publishes its contents in the newsgroup, their name will be permanently dropped from the mailing list. Also, I will choose to exclude one name from the list going in.
Anyone who wants to be on that mailing list should let me know, ( (Email Removed) ). I'll "bcc" the mailings, so the IDs of the recipients will be withheld from each other.
ObAUE: I've read somewhere that some people like to distinguish "each other" from "one another", but I don't remember how it goes. I do remember that some pop grammarians don't agree that a difference should be observed. I'll probably look it up before long, but not in time to affect this posting.
The list is alphabetical by handle, so "Charles Riggs" is ... posts more than either Charles or I do, is last.

ObAUE: "Either Charles or I *do*." I suppose it's correct, because "I" takes "do," but it feels as if it ought to be "does" to go with "Charles." Comments? Bob Mui

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Your reasoning is not easy to follow. A month ago I grouped the top 30 and showed posting volumes ... top 10, so you got your posting volume and your rank. In what way do you feel deprived or inconvenienced?

I would like to see it arranged by volume instead ... four different accounts, all with the same handle, CyberCypher, though.

You need a code name for this venture. "Overlord" would be appropriate, but it was used for a less complex plan.
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