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Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Jan 7 10:12:32 EST 2005


On Friday, January 7, 2005, at 06:36 AM, Charles Butler wrote:

> Kyra:
>> "For many years, however, Frank had been the owner and absentee 
>> landlord
>> of a small peanut farm over in Southampton County, a place that was 
>> in the
>> Hobbs family ever since the civil war."
>>
>> From _Sophie's Choice_, William Styron.
>
> I've always meant to read *Sophie's Choice*, but... well, is that 
> mixing of
> the pluperfect and imperfect tenses grammatical in American English? 
> It made
> me shudder a little (as earlier this morning when I realised I had - 
> not for
> the first time - misspelt Euripides), but it occurs to me it might be a
> national difference.
>
> Charlie

No, it isn't grammatical in American English.


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