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Grammar, Schmmar

Today's rant is made possible by Harlequin Reader Disservice for turning out copy now unreadable.  They eschew subjunctive tense, adverbs, standard punctuation, think items in a series is nothing but an excuse to indulge in conjunction abuse, and believe the best way to illuminate breathlessness is with sentence fragments.

If, perchance, you can't remember your grammar, flunked third grade (or have achieved such a great age that you no longer remember attending it), but love music, there is hope for you yet!  Just HUM a folk song, running the lyrics through your head.

If our uneducated classes of yesteryear could handle it, chances are, so can you.

Take subjunctive, for instance.  Oh, PLEASE take subjunctive!  Cold, hard facts = cold, hard language (indicative tense)
But the realm of the dreamer, wishes, aspirations, conditions that are not or might be the opposite of cold, hard reality, areas that are not subject to the dictates of reality = use the opposite - plural - verb (subjunctive tense)

Let's SING:

If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady, would you marry me anyway?  Would you have my baby?
If a tinker were my trade, would you still find me?  Carrying the pots I made, following behind me...

From the song's writer, Tim Hardin in 1967, to Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter, to Bobby Darin, to The Four Tops, Harry Belafonte, The Pozo Seco Singers, Joan Baez, you name the famous group - they've probably done a version.  Currently, my favorite version is, which is a You Tube version of what I have in my iTunes - The Pozo Seco Singers, then led by Don Williams, with Susan Taylor and probably Lofton Kline filling out the trio.  Wikipedia's article on the group  suggests he left after the I Can Make It With You album in which Carpenter appears, was cut.  Ron Shaw also was part of the group, and could therefore be the other background male voice...

Even immigrants can do it - If I were a rich man...from Fiddler on the Roof - Here's a clip from that movie with subtitles.

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.  Climb oboard Pegasus and SOAR!
Tags: grammar, songs

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