<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SteveB:
<B>Your English teacher/novel editor wife needs reeducation. The ban on ending sentences with a preposition is a foolish rule that has nothing to do with the English language or its real grammatical structure, but is the result of 18th Century grammarians who tried to impose the rules of Latin on their native tongue. Or, to quote Winston Churchill: "That is the kind of errant pedantry up with which I will not put." See how silly that sounds?<P>A similar rule is the ban on split infinitives. Just because the infinitive is a single word in Latin does NOT make it wrong to say "To boldly go where no man has gone before." Despite what some English teachers will say, you need not say "To go boldly."<P>English is not Latin. There is no reason to twist our language to make it follow another language's rules.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Actually, she's aware that those rules are by and large unnecessary -- she was more concerned with my poor usage of only vs. merely and other editorial fixes.<P>However, to pose the alternate concept of ending sentences with prepositions, consider this quote as relayed by E. B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and other beloved children's books: when a particular child acquaintance of his was told what book would be used for her bedtime story, her complaint was: "What did you bring the book I don't like to be read to out of up for?"<P>Sometimes, methinks, "useless" rules are good.<P>(Actually, my wife isn't nearly that anal unless I ask her to be. She wasn't even really near me when I wrote the first post.)<P>--Strange<P><P>------------------
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