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Subject: Re: [relax-ng] grammar error in compatibility spec
Message text written by James Clark > Hmm. Maybe my grammatical instincts have been compromised by living too long in a non-English speaking country, but the use of "were" seems correct to me, since the process of framing (i.e. devising) the restrictions took place in the past. --On 29 November 2001 10:38 -0500 Josh Lubell <email@example.com> wrote: > > I noticed a minor grammar error in the compatibility spec. I believe the > sentence before the enumerated list at the end of section 1.3 should read > "The goals in framing these restrictions are as follows:" rather than > "...were as follows" > Josh <<<<<<<<<<< Actually James this can improve your sense of grammar! The best linguist I've ever met was a German girl in college, who was a math major, but was also studying English Literature and Shakespeare as a 'side option' - and had just 1.5 years of english - very humbling. Anyway - we can all just aspire to such giddy levels; 'were' as the past tense of 'are' works for me! You may just want to add the work 'Historically' at the start of the sentence so that the context is crystal clear. Context is a whole different topic you can waste your life on too. ; -) Cheers, DW.
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