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Old 02-01-2007, 06:14 AM   #21
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Vera, please don't tell me you're one of those people who, when you ask, "How are you?", you reply, "I'm well, thanks."

Yes, it's more correct grammatically (most of us aren't that "good" all the time, except for Eric Clapton and Mother Teresa and so forth), but criminee, we're talkin' conversational English here!

I wrangle with written English every day, in which precision and clarity are rather important (just ask our clients who are complying with some EPA rule), but I am less fastidious when it comes to jabbering with my acquaintances.

When they ask me to give a speech at the UN, I'll be a little more careful in my rhetorical choices.
Actually, I say "I'm well, thank you, and yourself?" C'mon though...you still gotta love me, right??
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:15 AM   #22
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Vera, I have used this construction all my life but you have shown me the error of my ways so I will give it.

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Do let me say I love you, all! I've always found the art of conversation worth pursuing, as a master would preen over his painting or sculpture.

I love my mother, but she's the female versison of Archie Bunker. It's so disturbing......
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Old 02-12-2007, 08:54 AM   #24
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I raised the "healthy" vs "healthful" useage some time ago with a newspaper grammar columnist.

I was told that healthy was now acceptable and to deal with it.

By the way, I am well. How are you (doing)?
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:31 PM   #25
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I raised the "healthy" vs "healthful" useage some time ago with a newspaper grammar columnist.

I was told that healthy was now acceptable and to deal with it.

By the way, I am well. How are you (doing)?
I am (doing) quite well, thank you for asking.
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