LINGUIST List 29.2831

Sat Jul 07 2018

Qs: English Grammar and Usage Survey

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <kenlinguistlist.org>


Date: 07-Jul-2018
From: Kota Nishiwaki <hot_corner_55hotmail.com>
Subject: English Grammar and Usage Survey
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I am trying to write an article about the English expression ''The truth is that ...'' I am not an English native speaker, so if it is OK, could you distribute the following questionnaire? Thank you very much for your cooperation.

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If you are a native speaker of English, could you help me judge the acceptability of the following sentences? Can we say the following?
If possible, could you make some comments on each sentence? Any comments are welcome. Please send your replies directly to my email, hot_corner_55hotmail.com. Your responses will assist me in my research.

(1) The truth is that nobody knows.
(2) The truth is, nobody knows.
(3) Nobody, the truth is, knows.
(4) Nobody knows, the truth is.
(5) Truth is, nobody knows.

(6) The unvarnished truth is that nobody knows.
(7) The unvarnished truth is, nobody knows.
(8) Nobody, the unvarnished truth is, knows.
(9) Nobody knows, the unvarnished truth is.
(10) Unvarnished truth is, nobody knows.

(11) The inescapable truth is that nobody knows.
(12) The inescapable truth is, nobody knows.
(13) Nobody, the inescapable truth is, knows.
(14) Nobody knows, the inescapable truth is.
(15) Inescapable truth is, nobody knows.

(16) The whole truth is that nobody knows.
(17) The whole truth is, nobody knows.
(18) Nobody, the whole truth is, knows.
(19) Nobody knows, the whole truth is.
(20) Whole truth is, nobody knows.

Finally, could you give me the following information? Of course, the data below is used only for the academic research.

Sex, Age, The place you are from, Job
Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Kota Nishiwaki
e-mail: hot_corner_55hotmail.com


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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