Thursday, 6 December 2018

Today's statement of the obvious

From the BBC:

Bush was almost certainly the last US president to have fought in World War II.


Bayard said...

Don't they know?

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, depends on how you interpret it.

Question: was GHWB the last (i.e. most recent) US president to have fought in WW2? Answer: unequivocal yes.

Question: how likely is it that somebody who fought in WW2 will be elected US President in future? Answer: highly unlikely, he or she would be over 90 years old by now.

Bayard said...

Surely the second option would require the future perfect tense.