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Subj: Re: Question About Past Tense Word Usage
Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 06:36:41 pm EST (Viewed 656 times)
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    So as to what is "correct", well it depends which version of English youre talking about. Anything becomes correct if enough people use it.


ain't that the truth ;\-\)

It's interesting that things that I was taught to be incorrect when I was in school are now accepted alternates or simply correct. School textbooks base their idea of what's correct on dictionaries. Dictionaries are simply an observation of common usage. If something is wrong, but enough people use it, it becomes right. When I was a kid, the plural of "fish" was "fish." "Fishes" was incorrect and you sounded stupid if you said it. But it was commonly used anyway and eventually it became an accepted alternate. One day, "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" will be archaic. Maybe it already is.



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