quote]Well, Janski, no hard feelings, but If you treat others like idiots, expect to be treated like one too.[/quote]
You are a fool; no need to treat you as such.
Einstein has not taught you physics; Chopin has not trained your ear.
These are possible sentences because Einstein and Chopin do not refer to the people themselves but are rather synecdoches standing for Einstein's theories/thoughts/lectures and Chopin's music, respectively. These, unlike the people, are not gone but are continuing into the present.
Haydn didn't write his name in the history books because he didn't have the darn books handy (do we?). If we do, we did it for him because of what he wrote.
Whenever a metonymical sense can be found…find it. But it takes more than you got.
So you cannot say Einstein has developed two theories of relativity because here Einstein clearly refers to the person, who is dead and cannot develop anything any longer.
Yes, I can. Read and learn:
Who has ever developed more than one theory of relativity of something or other? Hmm. Let me see. Johny Smartass, the present chair of the APA has done seven, his younger brother (now the vice chair thereof) has struck two, Einstein has developed two theories of relativity. Who else? Even you have written more than once about the gradable images of unimaginables.
Your examples in the other thread were wrong for exactly the same reason.
Metonymy aside, only prototypical sentence subjects are normally agents and topics at the same time. "Only Haydn… "and "Even Haydn…", for example, are explicitly not prototypical and the sentences they head do not have to be about the subjects (and are not, more often than not.)
You are a fool, as I said before.
edytowany przez Janski: 01 wrz 2018