Re: Dangling Modifiers

Subject: Re: Dangling Modifiers
From: "Firetail Documentation" <firetail_documentation -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 13:18:15 -0500

> James Kirkpatrick once wrote that the "rule" is a fallacy that dates back
to
> when all important writing was in Latin. In Latin, it is impossible to end
a
> sentence in a preposition. Therefore, when the Latin version was
translated
> to English, the sentences did not end in a preposition.

Of course, to accept that a recommendation for English usage is invalid
simply because it's of foreign origin would also be to invalidate over half
the words in the language... Does it matter from where the grammar (or the
word) comes, if it's commonly accepted? This is how people have come to
expect a formal English sentence to be written, regardless of the
'ethnicity' of the concept.

Todd G. Sutherland
Firetail Documentation

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RE: Dangling Modifiers: From: Dana Worley
Re: Dangling Modifiers: From: Michael Feimster

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