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19 August 2015 @ 11:17 pm
you know you are a ridiculous human when...  
…you are excited by the fact that the opening voiceover in this trailer (which is set in 17th-century New England) forms its first question - "What came we to this wilderness to find?" - without the use of auxiliary 'do'.

The Witch Trailer and Poster: 1630s New England Was a Scary Place

This is because, as stated above, I am a ridiculous human. But that kind of thing is so rare in movies!

(Auxiliary 'do' involves the use of the verb "to do" as an auxiliary rather than a main verb: he did go, where go is the main verb, as opposed to he did the dishes. In Present Day English, we have to use auxiliary 'do' to form most questions and negative statements: Did he go to the store?; he did not go to the store. In Early Modern English, auxiliary 'do' is in use but not required: you could also say Went he to the fields this day? or he went not to the fields.)
Spacklespacklegeek on August 21st, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
I did not know about the auxiliary 'do'! I've read sentences without it before, of course, and always wondered why they sounded fine even though they were worded, to my modern eyes/ears, weirdly. Like, I could see that it worked but I wasn't sure how. Now I know! :D

That film is playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, which means in theory I could go see it, but it also looks like it would scare the crap out of me. I might see Tom Hardy in Legend instead. Or Ben Whishaw in The Lobster.

tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on August 21st, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
I was very pleased when I found out about that grammatical construction, as well! It's so common in English, but also, because of that, easy to overlook.

I don't think I could see the film either; it looks terrifying! I just looked up The Lobster, since I hadn't heard of it before…it sounds, ah, unique. :)