Author Topic: Is this sentence right?  (Read 1683 times)

Offline mallu

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Is this sentence right?
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:42:13 PM »
Is this sentence from Cedric Boeckx "Understanding Minimalist Syntax" O.K?

'Handsome though everyone expects me to try to force
Bill to make Mom agree that Dick is, I’m still going to
marry Herman.'
Can someone paraphrase it for me?
« Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 10:28:42 AM by mallu »

Offline freknu

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Re: Is this sentence right?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 01:14:34 PM »
Em... what a weird sentence, could they possibly mean: "Even though everyone expects me to try to force Bill to make Mom agree that Dick is handsome, I'm still going to marry Herman."

Offline Daniel

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Re: Is this sentence right?
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 05:15:53 AM »
It's a long/uncommon sentence but grammatical for me in American English. Freknu's paraphrase is accurate.


Edit: there is one further detail--

In freknu's sentence, it is not clear whether Dick really is handsome or not. Simpler sentence:
Everyone expects me to believe that Dick is handsome (even though he is not!)

In the original, the fronting of "handsome [though...]" makes this seem asserted:
Handsome though everyone expects me to believe that Dick is (*but he is not)...

So a more accurate paraphrase would be something like this:
Dick is handsome, and even though everyone expects me to try to force Bill to make Mom agree that he is handsome, I'm still going to marry Herman.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2014, 05:23:37 AM by djr33 »
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