Posts by Paul Portner:
The media (for example here, here) have noticed that there is something strange about Donald Trump’s use of the present perfect in a comment about Frederick Douglass at the start of Black History Month:
Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.
Somehow this utterance suggests that Trump believes that Douglass is still alive, raising the question of what aspect of its grammar leads to that inference.
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