Thursday, August 31, 2006

Today's English lesson

Instead of some nitpicky error, today I'll point out a non-error instead -- one that your own English teacher may have insisted you correct, but which isn't really wrong.

From Dr. Paul Brians at Common Errors in English:

I pronounce this an antiquated distinction rarely observed in modern speech. Nobody really supposes the speaker is saying he or she has been roasted to a turn. In older usage people said, "I have done" to indicate they had completed an action. "I am done" is not really so very different.

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