I teach writing and grammar, so I spend a lot of time wondering about the language and how we use it. As I writer, I spend a lot of time looking and listening at how we use the language.
And while the irregular verbs “to be” and “to have” have been around a long time, we use them differently, and that makes a big difference in how we think.
Consider these sentences:
“I have a cold.”
“I have had cancer.”
“She has the makings of a great writer.”
Then consider these sentences:
“She is stupid.”
“He is weak.”
“You are a bad writer.”
It’s so interesting that we shift from owning or having something to being something–but when we are something, it is a part of our very makeup. We don’t have to think of ourselves as being cancer, but weaknesses? We own ’em.
Something to think about.
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