Attitudes to English usage: a poll

A survey of attitudes to English usage was carried out in the late 1960s, and published in 1970 as Attitudes to English Usage, by W.H. Mittins, Mary Salu, Mary Edmonson, and Sheila Coyne (OUP). The survey covered 55 sentences that were (and still perhaps are) subject to disputed acceptability.

Now, more than 40 years later, we are interested in finding out to what extent these attitudes have changed, so we would like to have your opinion about the five usage items listed here. To the four styles surveyed originally, we added a fifth, usage in internet related language. Multiple answers are allowed.

(See also the very first post in the blog, on the acceptability of like.)

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One Response to Attitudes to English usage: a poll

  1. Joan Beal says:

    All these sentences are perfectly acceptable!

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