-1

What kind of music does Jane like listening to?

  1. Why do you use the auxiliary verb in this sentence?
  2. Why is the preposition at the end of the sentence?

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Dec 11 '17 at 7:58

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

3
  1. Because do-support for questions is as fundamental — and obligatory — an aspect of English grammar as inversion is. Do-support is not something that many other European languages make use of <—— though.

    Although McWhorter has posited a Celtic origin for it, this is a minority view among linguists. Given its existence even in Old English and its concurrent appearance in the Celtic tongues, it seems more likely that do-support “arose in response to a gap in the developing auxiliary system” rather than from a Celtic innovation somehow imported by English.

  2. Because despite its Latinate lexicon spliced in <—— after the Norman Conquest and subsequent occupation, grammatically and genetically English remains a fundamentally Germanic language like Danish or Dutch or German ᴀɴᴅ ɴᴏᴛ a Romance language like French or Spanish or Portuguese or Italian, pied-piping is so unnatural for us that doing without <—— is just something you’ll have to get used to. <——

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy