[LMB] AKICOT:L Can you name or define this grammatical construction OT:

catherine muir c_muir68 at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 4 08:49:46 GMT 2016

I've definitely seen this before, trying to think of the quote which I think is Shax - no ...... He, but xxxx, xxxx xxxx and XXX, a xxxx  XXX.  I'll keep thinking.

As for construction, there's an implied use of the verb "to be" , meaning She was no Quadrene, she knew etc etc.

Mirrors the Scots construction eg See her playing tennis and her 20 stone , or the French. La voilà dormante, et (insert why this is bad).

On 3 Feb 2016 11:58 pm, alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca wrote:
One of the frustrating aspects of having a diverse taste in reading is
that sometimes you write a sentence that you're quite sure is
grammatically correct and whose form you have seen elsewhere, but you
can't actually find a usage reference.

For example (and this is a made-up example).

"Ista was a generally satisfied saint of the Bastard. No Quadrene she, she
knew that the Bastard was an essential part of the Holy Family."

So what is the grammatical construction in the first part of the second
sentence ("No Quadrene she,"), please? Anyone know?

I think I've see this done in 19th century and early 20th century lit.
Can anyone point me to a reference to the specific form?


Alayne McGregor
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