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A similar and related issue also arises over prescriptive grammar, i. John McWhorter doesn't have much use for this kind of thing either. He values the living, changing, spoken language, where usage steadily changes and grammar and vocabulary evolve over time.
Dealing with this is simply "descriptive grammar," not "prescriptive. There was also the problem of getting right the grammar that actually applies to a language like English, rather than to Latin.
A good example would be correcting people who answer "That's me" rather than "It is I. The latter corrects this "error. The latter, however, truly is bad French; but moi seems to be neither nominative je nor accusative me.
Modern English, which is strongly influenced by French, uses "me" for both the accusative case and for this sort of "topical" use of moi. Latin doesn't have anything quite like that. Another issue would be the inherent ambiguity of certain grammatical rules. The Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death" [Romans 6: There is something odd and archaic about that sentence, probably because the plural number of the subject "wages" does not agree with the singular number of the verb "is".
The verb actually is agreeing with the number of the predicate nominative "death".
There is in truth a dilemma here that is not easily resolved. Where the number of the subject and the predicate nominative do not agree, there is going to be a sense of inconsistency whichever number the verb is in.
Where today we may expect the verb to agree with the subject, come what may, the translators working for King James apparently saw the matter otherwise. Whichever way we go, there is clearly an arbitrary element, which is something that grammatical martinets seem reluctant to allow.
Once upon a time, I was hoping to consult the Greek text and follow its usage. However, what we get at Romans 6: It is a nominal sentence. So Greek doesn't need to worry about whether to match the number of the verb with the plural subject or the singular predicate nominative!
Apart from the silly idiosyncrasies of grammarians, confusions about getting the grammar right, and inherent logical problems in grammar, the issue is still a serious one in another respect.
As language changes, new languages emerge, which are as different and foreign from the parent language as many unrelated languages. This means you can no longer read the literature.
Jane Austin is recognizably Modern English, with some curiosities. The stream of Time, irresistible, ever moving, carries off and bears away all things that come to birth and plunges them into utter darkness, both deeds of no account and deeds which are mighty and worthy of commemoration; as the playwright [Sophocles] says, it "brings to light that which was unseen and shrouds from us that which was manifest.
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Contemporary image of the Empress Maria, the Alan. John Locke is also Modern, but with more curiosities, most of which can be recognized from context e. A century before Locke, however, William Shakespeare uses language that to me is often completely unintelligible -- McWhorter admits that he has problems with Shakespeare also.
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