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Old February 11, 2010, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Perikles View Post
Yes, I'm well aware of that. The trend in English is simplify it to the lowest common denominator, which includes the loss of the subjunctive. The reason is I suppose that people would have to think about it, and this doesn't seem fashionable.
Yes, I know what you mean. People are simplifying language in some areas and perhaps we are losing some richness in "old" English, but young people are certainly creative in their use of language! I don't know if you are from the UK, but look at Catherine Tate's take off of a British teenager for example. The English used there is not the English used a few years ago, but I wouldn't dare say it's incorrect usage. If people use it and communicate with it, it's a language that deserves to be recognised IMO. Or think about rappers, is what they speak a language, is it English, a dialect?? They're happy with it and communicate with it.
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