Re: Dangling Modifiers
Of course, to accept that a recommendation for English usage is invalidNot really. Borrowing a word and borrowing a grammatical structure are not the same thing. English borrows words freely. However, it is much more resistant to borrowing grammatical structures, and has tended to become more so over time. For example, the most common order for subjects, objects and verbs in Old English became the standard in Middle and Modern English as the language became more weakly declined. Nor is there much tendency to borrow structure from French, Norse, or any of the other languages that impinged upon English.
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 theIn the case of grammar, it matters a great deal. Latin's structure, for example, is very different from English and the Germanic languages that English derives from. For this reason, trying to impose Latin structures on English is a Procrustean exercise, ignoring common English useages, and stretching them in improbable ways to conform to the artificial standard of Latin. The result is extremely artificial.
word) comes, if it's commonly accepted?
This is how people have come toNot really. The idea that a sentence shouldn't end in a preposition is probably the weakest of the arbitrary prescriptivist rules that were inflicted on English during the Eighteen Century. It has been ignored by the majority of writers and speakers whenever it was inconvenient - which is hardly surprising. The rule has very little to do with clarity, and serves no useful purpose.
expect a formal English sentence to be written, regardless of the
'ethnicity' of the concept.
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