Julian Assange walks out a free man

Julian Assange plans to walk out of Ecuador’s embassy a free man, avoiding arrest and extradition to Sweden to face questioning about sexual assault and rape allegations. (The Age) ‘A free man’ gives me these two possible interpretations. [A] ‘A free man’ seems to be a result predicative adjunct. So the sentence means: Julian Assange … Read more

How to analyse/decompose ‘where this would otherwise lead to an unjust result’?

Source: p 102, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper With so many rules and slightly different interpretations of them in thousands of cases, it is not always easy to see which interpretation of the law a court will give in your case. This uncertainty is increased by the ability of the judiciary to select … Read more

this where and that where

[i] Well, as we reported earlier the chief executive of the Dutch airport where the flight departed says 27 Australians were on board. (ABC news) [ii] There was where Vadinho used to sit on the wall, at his feet the sea dotted with fishing skiffs. (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, translated by Alfred A.Knoptf) … Read more

active verb with another infinitive

Can we use two active verbs for a sentence? For example in #1: Special care is taken to extract irregular borders during the modeling. Special care is taken when extracting irregular borders during the modeling. Which is correct, 1 or 2? Answer Either sentence is fine. But they mean different things: Special care is taken … Read more

Can the adverb ‘next’ be placed before its modified verb?

South African track star Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail over the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The decision was made after a four-day hearing, with the magistrate ruling the prosecution had not made a strong enough case that Pistorius would try to flee the country. He’ll next face court on June the fourth. … Read more

Can adjuncts be put between a verb and its complement?

I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. (Harry Potter) I’ve heard, in English, adjuncts cannot be put between verbs and their complements. For instance: *I think he knows usually everything that goes on here. If this is right, shouldn’t ‘more or less’ be put after ‘everything’? Answer It … Read more