Thursday, 29 June 2006

Style and Grammar

In a bid to raise the standard of the blogosphere, I wish to point out that too many bloggers are ending their sentences with prepositions. This is the sort of thing I mean: "Just had an amusing case of passing a message along electronically at the Telco conference I am at."

Awful. As Winston Churchill said about such things, "This is the sort of thing up with which I will not put."

LINK: 'Preposititions at the End,' part of Guide to Grammar & Style - 'P'

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Blogger Josh said...

Nothing wrong with terminating prepositions if they make the sentence flow better (in your example, it clearly doesn't). My favourite story:

Woman on a bus says to a fellow passenger "So where are you going to?"

Other passenger replies "You know, you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition."

Woman says "OK: So where are you going to, bitch?"

29 Jun 2006, 11:07:00  
Anonymous Polemic said...


Although, how many bloggers gave a damn about sentence flow?

29 Jun 2006, 19:45:00  
Blogger sagenz said...

and in your very next post you write "They's not"

gave me a laugh anyway. because you meant to? :)

30 Jun 2006, 09:25:00  
Blogger PC said...

Thanks Phil. I did intend to put a preposition at the end of a sentence in that post (just for a laugh, and to make Josh's point), but I didn't intend that one. Fixed now. :-)

Good point, Josh. That was Churchill's point. Know the rule, but know when it needs to broken. Nice joke too. I was going to post a similar one about an ebonics student at university:

Black Student: Yo! Where's the library at?
Grammar Student: One shouldn't end one's sentences on a preposition.
Black Student (thinks): Okay. Where's the library at, motherfucker!?

Oh, these grammar jokes. They kill me. :-)

30 Jun 2006, 12:47:00  
Blogger Yacap said...

There's nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a "preposition", since they're not actually prepositions, in English. They're prepositions in Latin. The "grammar rules" about ending sentences with prepositions and splitting infinitives are Latin rules that some idiotic teachers thought would be a good idea to apply to English. I like Latin, but I don't think Latin grammar applies to English.

30 Jun 2006, 15:43:00  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

DPF isn't conservative, but liberal...

30 Jun 2006, 19:03:00  

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