?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Question for Native Speakers of English

I'm interested in whether the following questions sound all right.

Question 1

Context: You're driving with your family, and you happen to drive right past the place where you used to live.

Your sibling notices and asks, "Didn't we used to live where we just drove past?"

Question 2

Context: You and your friends notice that a police car has just stopped at the place where you think one of your friends lives.

One of your friends turns to you and asks, "Doesn't Sasha live where that police car just stopped at?"


If these sound all right, please let me know. If these don't sound all right, or would sound much better with some extremely minimal change, please let me know that instead.

::insert much academic gratitude here::

Comments

jalenstrix
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:11 am (UTC)
"Doesn't Sasha live at where that police car just stopped?"

Very interesting... "at where" makes my head ache, no matter where I put it or how I modify it. Can I ask what area you're from? (This may be a dialectal difference I should be aware of.)


But as an author, as you wrote those two phrases, they look ok from a grammar perspective, if not a colloquial "real world" one. :)

Goodness, you're full of surprises. ;) Most people I've talked to find these sentences acceptable colloquially, rather than grammatically/in an essay. [grin]
ex_desertson422
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
I'm from South Florida, which is the lost borough of Manhattan. New Yorker rules-of-speech apply. :) On second read, you could say "...live where that..." and it would still sound okay to me.

re: surprises. I call 'em as I see 'em. Hee.

Profile

Owl Side
jalenstrix
Jalen Strix

Latest Month

May 2011
S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Tags

Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Ideacodes