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37 double "is" (Usage disputes - alt.usage.english)




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This article is from the alt.usage.english FAQ, by Mark Israel misrael@scripps.edu with numerous contributions by others.

37 double "is" (Usage disputes - alt.usage.english)


Double "is", as in "The reason is, is that..." is a recent U.S.
development, much decried. According to MEU3, it was first noticed
in 1971 and had spread to the U.K. by 1987. Of course, "What this
is is..." is undisputedly correct.

 

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