Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Much Is Required To Them

Posted by Neal on January 27, 2010

Heard in Virginia’s Republican governor Bob McDonnell’s response to the president’s State of the Union address:

The Scriptures say, “To whom much is given, much will be required.”

Beyond noting the latest appearance of this saying, and offering the way I’d phrase it — From them to whom much is given, much is required — I can’t add to what Mark Liberman at Language Log has already said about its garbled syntax.

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