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Old 06-07-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Grammar/Style Question

This has been bothering me for some time.

TV newscasters appear to avoid using posessives in their reports. At least that's the case on the Boston TV stations and it's quite consistent. I can't say if it is so in the rest of the country.

e.g. a reporter will say, "The suspect was arrested in the house of his mother." Rather than, "The suspect was arrested in his mother's house."

That's just one example of many I've heard.

Have you noticed this? Anyone have an explanation?
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:56 PM   #2
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:03 AM   #3
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Most probably the station has adopted a more formal style of reporting the news. Other stations may opt for more informal news broadcasts. I do recall that in older times before the advent of CNN and 'field reports' from all over the world, the old news anchormen (eg. William Conkite) were speaking very formal and flawless English indeed.

Today, the chosen style may also hinge on locality. In the case of Boston especially, doesn't an old joke go something like when Americans hearing Englishmen talk they ask "What part of Boston are you from," if I remember right?
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:22 AM   #4
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I've never heard that expression and can assure you we don't talk like that. Maybe it is a more formal style. It just sounds not natural.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:24 AM   #5
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Andy, I agree. Most of us don't talk like that.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:45 AM   #6
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Here in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, the reporters tend to use the present tense instead of the past tense. "The man goes into the house." Instead of "The man went into the house." Bugs me no end.
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Old 06-08-2007, 09:47 AM   #7
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And you Yankees have to admit you DO talk funny! We here in Oklahoma tawk reel nachural, don't ya no?
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And you Yankees have to admit you DO talk funny! We here in Oklahoma tawk reel nachural, don't ya no?
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:17 PM   #9
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Haven't noticed that here, Andy. I have noticed that newscasters all over often use the first, middle, and last names of criminal types, though:

John Wayne Gacy
Lee Harvey Oswald

I guess to avoid smearing all the nice Johhny Gacys and Lee Oswalds who live down the street from us.
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I seen the news tonight and I didn't notice anything funny about the way they was talkin'.


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