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Rules for Riting

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Colleen E Member Since: Jun 29, 2016
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Will L Member Since: Jul 9, 2015
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Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

 

As Winston Churchill reportedly said. “That is an idea we should not up with put.” Smiley Wink

 

Winston was a smart guy. And a pretty good writer, too.

 

 

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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Will L wrote:

Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

 

As Winston Churchill reportedly said. “That is an idea we should not up with put.” Smiley Wink

 

Winston was a smart guy. And a pretty good writer, too.


The version I remember: "This is the sort of English up with which I will not put."

 

Of course, this is not grammatically correct, but it's the sort of grammatical error away with which Churchill could get.

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Will L wrote:

Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

 

As Winston Churchill reportedly said. “That is an idea we should not up with put.” Smiley Wink

 

Winston was a smart guy. And a pretty good writer, too.

 

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It was actually: "This is the sort of English up with which I will not put"  Smiley Wink


 

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I agree that "writes should never generalize."

 

But is it okay for writers to generalize?

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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So if you alliterate and compare in the same sentence, is it a thousand times worse? Here’s an example from Raymond Chandler: “His smile was as faint as a fat lady at a firemen’s ball.”
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Anthony H Member Since: Feb 22, 2017
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That's great. Finally, 10 rules that I can easily ... what's that word again?

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Aleksandr H Member Since: Jan 29, 2017
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Love it Smiley Very Happy

 

My personal pet peeve? Dangling modifiers.

 

As an editor, dangling modifiers are the worst... Smiley Wink

 

 

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Colleen E Member Since: Jun 29, 2016
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You guys make me laugh! (I was going to say "crack me up" but that's a cliche.) Some of your responses are funnier than the original post! Keep 'em coming!

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Anthony H Member Since: Feb 22, 2017
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"As an editor, dangling modifiers are the worst.."

I think what you mean is, "having a dislike for dangling modifiers, they are the worst."

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