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I don't normally repost things from Language Log, figuring that most Hat readers also check the Log, but this is so bizarre to me I have to bring it to the attention of those who don't. Lori Levin writes: "Some of my students say 'will have had gone' sounds completely normal to them, and some won't accept it at all." Mark Liberman, who posted it, adds some examples from the web:I'm hoping someone will have had gone through a similar situation and will have some good words of advice for you.
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Academics / Linguistics : Johnson (3 years ago)

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Ask Language Log: "will have had gone"?

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (3 years ago)

Lori Levin writes: What is going on with "will have had gone"?   It gets 122,000,000 hits in Google.   I thought there could only be one auxiliary "have" per clause.    Did the English auxiliary verb system change while I wasn't loo... Read Post

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