Re: feedback and sharing knowledge

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 17:37:51 -0700 (PDT)

> I apoligize sincerely, it was a very mean thing for me to point out. In
> general, your grammar is very good-- probably better than mine; however,
> my little remark was in reference to your statement "I don't know nothing
> of economics." When you say "don't know nothing," that is a
> double-negative. It's almost as big a mistake as when I finish half my
> sentences with a preposition. Ah, we're Science students, we don't know
> nothing about grammar, do we?

Actually neither is a mistake at all--in English, a double negative
just means something different from what was intended, but is valid
grammatically. Putting a preposition at the end of a sentence is
also a perfectly valid practice in English, and any teacher who tells
you otherwise should be summarily fired for incompetence.

But let's not start a grammar war here (though I'd be happy to
start one in private email :)

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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