Sunday, July 22, 2007

Got some bad news, Harvey

The perils of mixing tenses:


Bad news for lawyer Harvey Miller, 36, of Toledo: You aren't out of the woods yet! We're all going to die! And bad news for hed writers: You can't follow the past with the present in this wise. Harvey probably feared he might die, or feared he would die. But if he feared he may die, he was kinda wasting his time.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Whoa! Nice Slavic sequence of tenses in indirect speech, there!

9:15 AM, July 22, 2007  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Also, "But if he feared he may die, he was kinda wasting his time."

Which, I presume, is why he no longer fears it? ;-)

8:08 AM, July 23, 2007  

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