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The Lie of Prepositions

Freedom!  I just learned that I can end a sentence with a preposition.  No wonder my writing was so hard, and why I felt so guilty every time I did it anyway.  You grammar-types might have already known this, but us engineering folk need someone to dispel the rumors. Douglas Wilson speaks of “the absurd rule that one must never, ever, end a sentence with a preposition. As Winston Churchill put it, ‘That’s the sort of nonsense up with which we shall not put.’” (Wordsmithy on Kindle).  Or as my Grammar guide tells me, it is a “persistent myth” that “a preposition my never come at the end of a sentence.”  Sure, it’s a rule in Latin, but those guys are all dead, so they won’t mind if we change things a bit.

Freedom in writing!  That’s what I’m talking about!  I’m so glad I found a writing style I can be more flexible with!  I wondered what I was doing all that extra work for.  Now I have some other things that I can dedicate my time to.  I must stop this preposition writing kick I am on.  Goodbye!


Wilson, Douglas (2011-11-16). Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life (Kindle Locations 955-956). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

Stilman, Anne. Grammatically Correct: The Essential Guide to Spelling, Style, Usage, Grammar, and Punctuation . 2nd ed. Writers Digest Books, 2010.


January 31, 2013 - Posted by | Random and Interesting, Writing


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