Getting tense about grammar |

Getting tense about grammar

Dear Editor:Delighted as I am with Su Lum’s invitation to the celebration of Freddie Fisher’s 100th birthday on Friday [today] at The Red Onion, I must correct her egregious grammar. She says that Friday, June 11, “would have been Freddie Fisher’s 100th birthday.” In her next week’s Wednesday column, she can say that, but not this week. Friday, June 11, will indeed be Freddie Fisher’s100th birthday. Nothing can change that – no woulds or shoulds about it!Whose tense or whose tents or who’s tense? Most think it makes no difference. But I don’t agree. Making distinctions is what life is all about. Among other things.See ya on Friday, Su. Wear your Aspen leaf.Jim BreastedCarbondale[Editor’s note: To set the record straight, Fisher’s date of birth was June 12, 1904.]

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