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    Russell's note continues:
    I also have to mostly agree with you wrt to this: "The null hypothesis, I think, would be that yeah, yes, no, oh, etc. each has its own function, and speakers emit instances of such words randomly as functionally appropriate." In all the cases of "yeah-no" (and "no-yeah") that I've looked at (mostly switchboard and fisher transcripts, also some multi-party meeting recordings) you can identify a function that each of the yeas and nos has, and they correspond almost exactly to functions that they have -individually-.
    Language Log: Yet another "yeah no" note
    wrt stands for what? Or what was supposed to be, please? I could guess that wrt stands for with respect to/with regard to. However, it is followed by the word to. So, I am confused.
    WRT - Wiktionary


    P.S.: I had to contact the poster, Mark Liberman, but failed to do so.



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    Default Re: "wrt"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    However, it is followed by the word to.

    It's probably a mistake. It should be "...with you wrt this".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Just like people say ATM machine and PIN number.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "wrt"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    P.S.: I had to contact the poster, Mark Liberman, but failed to do so.

    You can't say this. If you say, "I had to do something", you have done it.
    If you couldn't do it, you can say, "I had to try to contact ..."; "I tried to contact ..."; "I was supposed to contact ..." (If someone else told you to).

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    Default Re: "wrt"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you say, "I had to do something", you have done it.

    "He had to go to Germany" meant that it was obligatory for him to go there, and he did indeed go there.
    had to - meaning - Topic
    " … it does not make sense to expect to learn the grammar of a foreign language by mastering one piece of it before moving onto the next".

    Thank you our great teacher, David Barker. You hit the nail on the head.

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