Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Google Settlement

Debate is raging about Google's plans for world domination in the sphere of digitalised literature.

I was checking a few facts from the recent political history the other day.  In English, which is not my mother tongue.

However from my first English lessons in primary school I remember that when there is a did in the question the main verb goes into  present tense infinitive.

Apparently Google thinks not - and corrected me with a prompt.

Now, please choose one of the two:

1. I am going mad
2. Google not yet ready to run digitalised world depositary of literature.

Or they are?


Stuart said...

when there is a did in the question the main verb goes into present tense.

Can you give me an example of what you mean? In a question like "Did he go to Saint Petersburg last Friday?", the main verb "go" is best described as an infinitive, i.e. it has no tense. The tense indicator is in the auxiliary "do", here "did".

Alexander Anichkin said...

thanks for correcting me. It's never late to learn.

Stuart said...

Small correction: "it's never too late to learn"

Alexander Anichkin said...

it's my Russian giving me away - учиться никогда не поздно. Поздно=late.

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