Tuesday, January 8, 2019
1:09 pm pst
Ending a Sentence with a Preposition
Yes, we here at HGP
have heard that a sentence shouldn't end in a preposition, and we even know some folks who are passionate about it, which
could explain why nobody likes to hangout with Mrs. Vula Bimbaum. Here's the thing: It's not a real rule.
Never has been. Sure, it's a rule in Latin, but not even priests speak Latin anymore. It seems that at one time
some English teacher who also taught Latin (not to name anybody in particular) thought because it was a rule in Latin then
it should also be a rule in English. And then it just sort of... transmogrified. Mostly now, people who care about
such things say that sentences ending in prepositions are more informal, and therefore shouldn't be used in formal writing.
Good for them! But here's the thing: Formal or informal, if you can't end a sentence in a preposition, how are
you going to be able to tell somebody to screw off?
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
"'Each person has something he can do easily and can't imagine why everybody
else is having so much trouble doing it. In my case it was writing.'" Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., quoted by Charles
J. Shields in And So it Goes (2011, St. Martin's Griffen)
8:25 am pst