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"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered." - Guildenstern, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

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'Scuse the shameless bragging, but...

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... I got an A for my paper!! :D
8th May 2006, 19:17  

paintist says:

very well done :-) :-)

8th May 2006, 19:19

ElphsHouse says:

good for you! : )

8th May 2006, 19:22

Joe says:

"impressive command of the English language"...well duh...

well done you...good stuff and well worth bragging about

8th May 2006, 19:23

daz says:

Well in the next sentence he told me to avoid trailing prepositions, but oh well.. :)

8th May 2006, 19:24

Geodyne says:


Wait, that just introduces another language.

8th May 2006, 19:24

Helen says:

How do you trail a preposition?

8th May 2006, 19:28

Helen says:

Ooh and 'well done'!

8th May 2006, 19:28

daz says:

Helen: "Here is the evidence to found this argument on", or something like that.

8th May 2006, 19:47

Joe says:

as opposed to "here is the evidence on which this argument is founded" ?

8th May 2006, 20:01

daz says:

yep, something like that.

8th May 2006, 20:10

Euphro says:

Well done!

8th May 2006, 20:18

Helen says:

Ahhh, ending the sentence with them. I see.

There's not really anything wrong with doing that. As with splitting infinitives, it's a grammar rule we've stolen from Latin, just for the sake of it.

In Latin it is not possible to split an infinitive or end a sentence with a preposition, which is why they, quite sensibly ruled against doing such things. In English it is, and I think we should play with the language.

But it's probably best to do as your tutor says in your essays. They can get quite defensive about 'proper academic writing'.

8th May 2006, 20:38

daz says:

I do remember hearing this, though.. Is it possible that it's an American rule?

In any case.. You're right, I'm not going to argue with the prof. :)

8th May 2006, 20:45

Dhamaka says:

Wtg Daz, onwards and upwards..

8th May 2006, 23:29

kel says:

wooo! well done :)

10th May 2006, 15:24

daz says:

Thanks :)

10th May 2006, 15:25

Viv says:

well done - not suprised about the english comment - at first I thought you were english and studying in Germany

10th May 2006, 23:00

Brooks Moses(bmoses-at-stanford-dot-edu) says:

I suppose, being from America, I can claim some authority in saying this thing about trailing prepositions is not specifically an American rule. What happened is that in Victorian England, there was a fad among the intellectuals to make English conform to the rules of Latin (as Helen said), and so they declared a bunch of things to be "ungrammatical" despite the fact that people had always done them. And since they were the authorities on what's correct grammar, this silliness actually caught on. And a lot of people still consider trailing prepositions to be ungrammatical, despite the fact that people still use them all the time.

So, congratulations -- that problem means that you're learning English from using it, not just from textbooks! :)

(Meanwhile, by way of introduction -- I got here from your LaTeX post, which I found because I was looking to see whether there were any other blogs posting about it. Didn't find much, sadly.)

12th May 2006, 01:48

daz says:

Thank you, that was very informative. :)

12th May 2006, 07:20

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