We have to we-have-to more … you have to you-have-to less …

February 29, 2008

In the political debates prior to the first elections, the most interesting pronoun + verb combination that I have come across is the tri-grams of we have to and you have toIt seems that Obama was very much a we have to person and seldom a you have to person. Clinton was also more of a we have to person but much less so than Obama. Critically, Clinton was also much more of a you have to person than Obama.

If you want to see some figures, some examples of what these phrases occur with, and read some speculation on what these differences might mean, then click the link below … 

We have to … you have to …?

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