As you are a fan of Stephen King I feel free to say that my favourite stories of King are “Pet Cemetary” , “The last Stand” and a story about a young boy who flipped between several worlds -unfortunately I?ve forgotten the title-.
How can you laugh about horrible stories like that are?
I also like S. King but the problem is that he is a bit difficult as compared to other writers. I read his novel Carrie at the age of 16, then at 18 and finally understood it at 20. . Isn’t it written in an unusual style? Sort of documentary? I know it sounds daft to ask but I would like to know how long as takes you to finish one novel. If I read something in my language from morn to dusk with full interest I can read at the most 200 pages. Am I SLOW???
Yes, Stephen King has an unusual style (must be because he’s a yankee ;)) and he’s got a weird imagination.
I can’t really put a time on how long it takes me to read x number of pages. I tend to read novels at a leisurely pace. I never hurry through them. But I suppose my reading speed depends on two things: 1) how interested I am to find out what’s coming next and 2) the writing style.
There is a tension in English between the subject and object forms in English, due to the fact that in the 19th century some grammarians tried to make its forms conform to Latin, which is a very unnatural thing to make English do. This is the source of rules like “don’t end a sentence with a preposition” and “no double negatives”, both of which were normal in English before this tampering, and it’s also the source of the form you bring up here.
English speakers tend to want to use the subject form in positions before the verb (“Who do you want to see?”) and the object form in positions after a verb or prepostion (“It’s him.”). This was natural as far back as the time of Shakespeare, and perhaps before, but these grammarians decided it would not be correct according to the rules of Latin, so they insisted that the subject always take the subject form, and the object always take the object form. It sounds terrible to almost all native speakers to say, “Whom do you want to see?” or, “It’s he,” but because of the mischief of these grammar gremlins in the 1800s, some English teachers still insist on those unnatural forms. This is what Dan Brown is using in the sentence you give.
It doesn’t seem odd at all to speakers of Slavic languages, because it fits the case inflection rules of their own languages. Remember that I said that the natural tendency in English for centuries has been to use the subject form before the verb and the object form after the verb, regardless of whether the noun is subject or object. Slavic languages don’t have rules like this, so the instinct of Slavic learners of English as to what sounds “right” and “wrong” is often opposite to that of a native English speaker.
Slavs often prefer to say, “With whom did he go?” which is perfectly good for highly formal written English, but sounds terrible in ordinary spoken English or less-formal written English, where we prefer, “Who did he go with?” Slavic learners, however, prefer the excessively formal sentence, because it fits the correct grammatical form in their own languages.
The word whom is often ignored almost completely by native speakers. e.g.: “Do you know who he spoke with?” is an absolutely normal and “correct” sentence for a native speaker although it’s technically “grammatically wrong”.
And it’s also quite typical to hear “It’s him” or “It was me.” or “It was me who did it.” etc. from a native speaker. Almost nobody ever says “It was I who did it.” Mainly only English teachers would say something like that. :lol:
A Canadian disk jockey who could do an amazingly good imitation of Jean Cretien’s accent (Cretien was then the prime minister of Canada) was able to get through to Queen Elizabeth one time and put the conversation on the air. When the conversation was more informal and personal, even she didn’t seem to have that super-aristocratic form of RP and just sounded more or less like a regular old lady. (Of course, when she figured out what was going on, she found a diplomatic way to get him off the phone.)