preposition at end

preposition at end - . . . Certainly the growing acceptance...

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“. . . Certainly the growing acceptance of the split infinitive, or of the preposition at the end of a sentence, proves that formal syntax can’t – or shouldn’t – hold the fort against a speaker’s more comfortable way of getting the same thing said. A sentence is a fine thing to put a preposition at the end of.” Zinsser, William. On Writing Well, An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 4 th ed. Harper Collins, NY, NY, 1976, p. 45. preposition at end . It was once a cherished superstition that prepositions must be kept true to their name and placed before the word they govern in spite of the incurable English instinct for putting them late . . . Dryden’s earlier practice shows him following his English instinct; his later shows him sophisticated with deliberate latinism: ‘I am often put to a stand in considering whether what I write be the idiom of the tongue, . . . and have no other way to clear my doubts but by translating my English into Latin.’ The natural inference from this would be: you cannot put a preposition (roughly speaking) later than its word in Latin, and therefore you must not do so in English. . . . The fact is that the remarkable freedom enjoyed by English in putting its
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course TMG 620 taught by Professor Dr.jeffreys.appel during the Spring '11 term at National.

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