Paul Eggert | 11 Jun 02:16 2012

Re: [PATCH] prohibit common grammar error: "all these"

On 06/10/2012 12:56 PM, Jim Meyering wrote:
> Can anyone think of a common way to use "all these" that is
> not in error?

Yes, lots:

  Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
     -- Shakespeare, Sonnet 66, line 1

  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in their heart.
     -- Luke 2:19 (King James Version)

  The complaint ... about modern steel furniture, modern glass houses,
  modern red bars and modern streamlined trains and cars is that
  all these _objets modernes_, while adequate and amusing in themselves,
  tend to make the people who use them look dated.
     -- E.B. White, "Fitting In", The New Yorker, 1934-06-09

  I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this
  big field of rye and all.
      -- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951

All these examples are perfectly good English,
and there's no need to remove all those instances
of "all these" from gnulib.