March 22nd, 2013

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Grammatical fencing

Me: Could I ask you to take that laundry basket and bring me the towels in the dryer?
Deanne: Well, you could ask.
Me: I thought I did.
Deanne: I didn't hear the question mark . . .
Me: It's the Subjunctive; it's an implied question.

Students of English, take note.