EPISODE 10: When Being Done Replaced Doing
Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the most significant change to the English language that you've never heard of.
As a language evolves, words, phrases and even whole tenses fall in and out of fashion. And then, every once in a while, a whole new way of expressing a particular thought will emerge seemingly out of nowhere and eventually win the day. That’s what happened over the course of the 19th century with the “progressive passive,” which took on a construction …
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