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    Spaces

    Far across the distance
    And spaces between us
    You have come to show you go on

    Why is spaces plural?

    source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/celin...twillgoon.html
    Last edited by Maybo; 14-Jun-2017 at 14:25.
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    Re: Spaces

    What is the source of your quote? It's ungrammatical. Who wrote it?

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    Re: Spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What is the source of your quote? It's ungrammatical. Who wrote it?
    It is a song "My heart will go on"
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    Re: Spaces

    Don't expect song lyrics to be grammatical or even to make sense.

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    Re: Spaces

    If a syllable needs filling in a song, then use the plural. Songs have needs that go beyond grammar.

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    Re: Spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    It is the song "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If a syllable needs filling in a song, then use the plural. Songs have needs that go beyond grammar.
    I don't think songs ever need to go beyond grammar but they sometimes do, yes. This for me is bad songwriting.

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    Re: Spaces

    I'd favour the needs of the tune over minor quibbles about grammar if I wrote music.

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    Re: Spaces

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The writer of this song had similar views.
    Good song! But that's exactly what I mean -- the choice of grammar is very conscious. It wouldn't work if it was Are you or are you not...?

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    Re: Spaces

    Outrageous liberties are taken with rhymes, too. Here's a toe-curler:

    'Even the days are bedder
    Now that we are togedder.

    Even the nights are brighder
    Now that I'm here beside yer'.

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