Muke Tever scripsit: > Actually, I think that for most animate subjects that "X cooks" cannot be > interpreted in more than _one_ way. It's only when animacy is low enough that > "X cooks" can be read in middle voice. I don't agree at all. "Robert was cooking on the stove last winter" vs. "Robert was cooking under the UV lamp last winter", e.g. I think it's Ambrose Bierce who tells the anecdote about a man whose mule was in a fire, is told that the mule "is still smoking", and swears he'll break him of the habit -- tobacco is too expensive. -- "But the next day there came no dawn, John Cowan and the Grey Company passed on into the [log in to unmask] darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were http://www.ccil.org/~cowan lost to mortal sight; but the Dead http://reutershealth.com followed them. --"The Passing of the Grey Company"