Soap Box - Get it off your chest Mar 28, 2009 21:26:48 GMT
Post by Paddy on Mar 28, 2009 21:26:48 GMT
Thank you, Peter, for your interesting resume of English Grammar and language usage.
But - let me share the 'fun' too.
So, I'm pleased to disagree with only two of the items in your 'tale well told':
Shakespeare did not create the Iambic Pentameter.
He (and others) imported it from Greek and Latin Classical Poetry
and adapted it to suit the more natural rhythmical patterns of the English language.
I like Grammar too, Peter, so here goes:
'Who's who?' is grammatically correct, I believe, and I know of no grammatical justification for the alternative above.
The Verb to be (unlike other Verbs) never has a Direct Object but instead may be followed by a Complement (as above).
Hence, the Verb to be always takes a Nominative Case for both its Subject (the first 'Who') and for its Complement (the second 'who').
Other Verbs take an Accusative (Objective) Case for their Direct Objects (like 'Whom' with 'have' above).
No! I didn't Google or Wiki it, Texassteve!
I do have 'Nesfield's English Grammar' buried somewhere.
But, perhaps, like good English, it likes its expertise to remain unnoticed.