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View Diary: On Constitutional Interpretation: Originalism v. A Living Constitution? (286 comments)

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  •  Indeed (none)
    in English as in some other languages nouns have gender, almost always neutral, but when I went to grade school we were expected to know a list of nouns for which 'her' was correct.

    At this late date, the only one that immediately comes to mind is 'ship'.

    Of course, we were also expected to know that English had a subjective tense (moderns call this 'mood') and to recognize and use the present and past subjunctive of 'to be'.

    •  Subjunctive? (none)
          I can recall as a young lawyer seeing other young lawyers getting corrected by senior partners for not knowing the subjunctive.  One of the reasons they were fussy was that they knew the judges who read what was written would know the difference.
          I am glad they changed "tense" to "mood".  I'd sooner be moody than tense.  <g>

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