Spice Girls teaching a valuable grammatical structure

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    Jun 05, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anankastic_conditional

    An anankastic conditional is a grammatical construction of the form:

    If you want X, you have to do Y.

    where Y is required in order to get X. For example:

    If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.
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    Jun 05, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    Was this inspired by today's latest ginger threads?
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    Jun 05, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Actually no. I noticed the ginger threads earlier but haven't read any of them.

    This was inspired by the nightmare of teaching the conditional tense (particularly if-clauses) in Spanish.
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    Jun 05, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    You know what else the Spice Girls brought out in their wake?

  • Just_Tim

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    Jun 05, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Quid pro quo
  • calibro

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    Jun 05, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    what's worse is when the conditional is used and the subjective doesn't reflect "were." i don't care what modern grammarians say, there is no such thing as "was" in the subjunctive of a conditional/future construction!
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anankastic_conditional

    An anankastic conditional is a grammatical construction of the form:

    If you want X, you have to do Y.

    where Y is required in order to get X. For example:

    If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.


    In essence were they saying that you had to fuck their friends before you could fuck them?
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    Side note. They so should have reunited for the Jubilee. Would've been iconic.
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan said
    pocketnico saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anankastic_conditional

    An anankastic conditional is a grammatical construction of the form:

    If you want X, you have to do Y.

    where Y is required in order to get X. For example:

    If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends.


    In essence were they saying that you had to fuck their friends before you could fuck them?


    I always thought that line was so dodgy because that's certainly how I interpret it!

    Sleazy British slags.
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    Jun 05, 2012 7:15 PM GMT
    i thought to "get with" can also means to "have sex with"... so if I wanna be your lover, I have to have sex with your friends first?

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  • MelB4Ever

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    Jun 05, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Did u say Spice Girls...a huge fan right here. ;) love those girls.
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    Jun 05, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    It is no stretch to say the Spice Girls changed my life.