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    Question performative utterance

    I've read in a grammar book that the phrase "you're fired!" is used more often in comic-strips than in real life. The book doesn't offer a more detailed explanation. It simply says that the passive form of performative verbs is rarely used and gives only one example, as cited above. could you help me, please? I don't understand why "you're fired" is less frequently used in real life, and why is it more often used in comic-strips. thank you.

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    Re: performative utterance

    Basically because employments laws require employers to go through a process of warnings before an employee is dismissed.

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