Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 24 August 2001
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From: Peter For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Everything's Illegal Now Presumanly, the USA will now invite the NZ Synphony Orchestra to the USA and put them all in the slammer for recording a Bartok work without permission from Bartok junior. The work is out of copyright under NZ's 50 year rule, but still copyright under USA's 75 year rule. Interestingly, some years ago, the UK Government was so concerned about US courts interfering with affairs on UK soil, that it passed legislation to allow UK firms operating in USA to claim back damages (in UK courts) awarded by US courts to US firms operating in UK. From: Ian For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: You and I I always enjoy what Bruce has to say, but there is a severe problem in his grammar today, one which I am sorry to say is reaching epidemic proportions in New Zealand. He writes "What does this mean for you and I?" This should be "What does this mean for you and me?" Forgetting the second person for now, we know that nobody in their right mind would write "What does this mean for I?" From this, we know the correct version is at the back of our minds somehow. Now, I know that some of you will be shouting that you have been told not to write or say "David and me" but please bear with me: the examples below show the correct usage. "David and I gave the aardvark to Eric." (not David and me) just like "I gave the aardvark to Eric." "Eric gave the aardvark to David and me." (not David and I) just like "Eric gave the aardvark to me." Put simply, drop the "other person" and decide whether it sounds right. If it does, that's what you use even if somebody else is in the sentence. We now return you to the rest of your lightened up Friday. Thank you for attention. Aardvark Responds Mea culpa -- you got me (but it's fixed now ;-) From: Dennis Brown For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: You and I and others Another grammatical nightmare for me is the use of "there's" instead of "there're". A recently spotted ad. for safer driving "Slow down there's people about" Aaaaaargh.Now Have Your Say
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