The Slippery Slope of Language
Posted by Neal on April 5, 2004
Glen had some interesting comments on my last posting, where I discussed sentences following the pattern of Others were attempted to be killed. He said:
In order to make that conclusion [that this construction is grammatical], wouldn’t you need to know the frequency with which [it] appears relative to other constructions that express the same idea? Or, perhaps, the frequency with which native listeners and readers have an adverse reaction to it? After all, if the phrasing struck *you* as wrong, and it struck *me* as wrong, I’ll bet it strikes *lots* of people as wrong.