Usage polls

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 usage items listed in the polls below. To the four styles surveyed originally, we added a fifth, usage in internet related language. Multiple answers are allowed.

Seven polls have now been posted: those for items 1-35 from Mittins et al. (1970). But there are additional polls in this blog as well: on could of and on adverbial likely. Please fill those in as well.

Thank you for your feedback!

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