Re: [OT] Spanish grammar (was Re: [q] Typesetting rules in Spanish)

Date: Sun Sep 08 2002 - 01:17:12 EDT

On 09/07/2002 09:38:31 AM John Cowan wrote:

>> It's completely different, but I'm reminded of the yes-no question
>> construction used in at least some parts of Québec whereby (e.g.)
>> can knock on the door and say to Yves who answered, "Michelle est-tu
>Sounds totally familiar to me. Even if A answers, saying "B, are you
>seems quite a rational thing to do, talking not to A but past him, as it

Ah, but it's not a personal pronoun (note "est-tu" not "es-tu" -- though
the spelling is my anaylsys; I've never seen it written). To take another
example, if I understand the usage (from the explanation I got after
inquiring when I heard it in use), I think one ought to be able to ask
something like "Le lait est-tu froid?" (Again, prediction based on an
assumed analysis -- I've never heard that particular utterance from a
native speaker.)

- Peter

Peter Constable

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