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On the Origin of "Had Rather Go" and Analogous or Apparently Analogous Locutions

Fitzedward Hall, an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, examines the construction “had rather” in English as it is used with verbs (Had rather go, etc.), which many grammarians found to be a puzzling grammatical anomaly.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-539-1
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Series: Analecta Gorgiana 307
Publication Date: Aug 13,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 42
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-539-1
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Fitzedward Hall was instrumental as an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi whose long career made enormous contributions to the study of both Sanskrit and English grammar. This paper examines the construction “had rather” in English as it is used with verbs (Had rather go, etc.), which many grammarians found to be a puzzling grammatical anomaly. Hall connects it to parallel constructions in Anglo-Saxon and traces examples from as early as the 15th century. Many dated examples are provided from a great variety of sources and the argument is presented in engaging prose, making this an extremely user-friendly piece for the casual student of English grammar and a deeply erudite exploration for the specialist.

Fitzedward Hall was instrumental as an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as a scholar of Sanskrit and Hindi whose long career made enormous contributions to the study of both Sanskrit and English grammar. This paper examines the construction “had rather” in English as it is used with verbs (Had rather go, etc.), which many grammarians found to be a puzzling grammatical anomaly. Hall connects it to parallel constructions in Anglo-Saxon and traces examples from as early as the 15th century. Many dated examples are provided from a great variety of sources and the argument is presented in engaging prose, making this an extremely user-friendly piece for the casual student of English grammar and a deeply erudite exploration for the specialist.

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  • On the Origin of "Had Rather Go" and Analogous or Apparently Analogous Locutions (page 5)