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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:09 pm Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Is English seeing the rise of a new auxiliary? According to M Swan, it may be:

"Present-day English seems to be developing a new future auxiliary. It is very common, especially in journalistic writing, to read that something is 'set to' happen: interest rates are set to rise, pub opening hours are set to change. Not long ago, this was a metaphor (referring to a runner in the 'set' position just before the starting pistol is fired), used only for people who were ready to do something. Now it is losing its original meaning and becoming grammaticalized as an auxiliary, used not only for people but also for things and processes."
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:53 am Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
Joined: 23 Oct 2008
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Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


To my American English ears, there is more involved here than the simple future. I sense a kind of volition here, a kind of intentionality. Someone's a-fixin' to do this. Someone is setting this up to happen. As a pure future auxiliary, I don't feel this set to occur.
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