word order in English

Devra at aol.com Devra at aol.com
Fri Apr 1 13:03:35 EST 2005

        Ah yes. When I was a practising librarian, I had a client ask me for 
books by F-ScottFitz Gerald.  Once we got past that one, I asked which book he 
wanted? The Night Tender, he replied.
     Of course I knew which one he meant, but tried to explain that in 
English, the way he had said it, would mean 'the person who tends in the night', 
whereupon the patron responded that in Russian, they all meant the same thing. I 
guess that they use declensions or whatever to indicate which is the subject, 

Devra Langsam
devra at aol.com
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