Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Do Your Prepositions Dangle?

We all know that prepositions shouldn't dangle, but it's a difficult rule to follow through with. First of all, not every knows their prepositions without looking them up. And I, for one, do not carry around a grammar rule book to look in. I often say something and realize my preposition is dangling after. What I need is an easy cheat sheet to look at.

Hopefully you realized something was very wrong with the above paragraph, but if you didn't, you may not be alone. This is becuase just about everyone ends their sentances with prepesitions, thus leaving the prepostions dangling helplessly. In fact, when people make sure thier prepositions are set firmly within the sentance, they may be called out as being pretenious or having odd speech. TV, Movies, Classrooms, and offices are riddled with people speaking and writing with dangling prepositions. Not ending your sentances with a prepostion is a grammar rule that seems to be falling by the waste side, and I'm not going to stand for it any more! I challenge each of you, along with myself, to be mindful of your preposition placement as you speak and write.

Below is a rewording of the paragraph above to make it correct and list of prepositions. Keeping your prepositions from dangling is as easy as rearanging a sentance and/or adding the word "which" after the preposition so it makes sense. Other times you'll find that the preposition was entirely unecessary or that your sentance is was pretty poor to begin with and you are better off to reword it entirely.

We all know that prepositions shouldn't dangle, but it is a difficult rule to follow. First of all, not every one knows their prepositions without looking them up in a book. And I, for one, do not carry around a grammar rule book in which to look. I often say something and realize afterwards that the preoposition is dangling. What I need is an easy cheat sheet at which I can look.

Prepositions:
about, above, across, after, against, along, amid, among, around, at
before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but (when it means except), by
concerning
down, during
except
for, from
in, into
like
of, off, on, over
past
since
through, throughout, to, toward(s)
under, underneath, unto, up, upon
with, within, without

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