English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet

Avatar do usuário jlmmelo 2140 8 59
"Because" is being used in novel ways these days. Why? Because Internet. Because language.

Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."

The word "because," in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, "because" has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I'm reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I'm reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which "because" lends itself.

I mention all that ... because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use "because." Linguists are calling it the "prepositional-because." Or the "because-noun."


http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/a ... 1/#because
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Avatar do usuário Henry Cunha 9960 2 17 177
And we already had another use for it as an all-purpose "catchphrase":

Why are you doing that?

You don't like him, do you? Why not?

The inquirer is supposed to know the answer, or to know not to ask for more.