Monday, August 8, 2011

Yoda Not Was He

Oh, that wag Winston Churchill.  He was one sharp dude and did not care to be corrected.  Once he was scolded for ending a sentence with a preposition.  His response:  "This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put."  See how you can mangle a sentence when attempting to avoid those prepositional finales?  If you've forgotten all about prepositions (and who hasn't?) they are simple things.  According to The Everything Grammar and Style Book, "a preposition is a word that links a noun or pronoun to some other word in a sentence".  For example: When criticized, Winston Churchill was beside himself.  In this case beside is the preposition that links was and himself.  OK, now you're on your own. Good luck!

Source:  Words on paper by Roy H. Copperud

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