Contemporary essays, fiction, and opinion offered regularly by author Anne Brandt.

Question for the week
Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Rudy, a linguist and translator who is researching certain aspects of grammatical interference, asks...
Are the two following sentences grammatically correct? If so, is there, in your opinion, a difference in "meaning"? "Yesterday Harry and Sally met each other." "Yesterday Harry and Sally met."
Anne answers...
First, both sentences are grammatically correct. Second, I have tossed and turned each sentence over and over, trying to find some hidden distinction between them. So far, I have failed. I believe these two sentences, in essence, say the same thing.
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